Twin Falls man, Sun Valley woman receive Hometown Hero Medals

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Two Magic Valley residents were nominated for the JRM Foundation Idaho's Hometown Hero Award.

Luke Mickelson from Twin Falls was nominated for the JRM Foundation Hometown Hero Award.

The event was Saturday in Pocatello. KMVT caught up with Twin Falls nominee Luke Mickelson earlier on Saturday.

The JRM Foundation nominated 10 heroes from all across Idaho. The foundation is paying tribute to people who try to make Idaho a better place to live in. Each nominee were awarded a Hometown Hero Medal.

Mickelson is the founder and executive director of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, which now has over 200 chapters in the United States and Canada. The nonprofit builds bunk beds and delivers them to children who don't have a bed to sleep in. With his organization, Mickelson vows to make sure every child has a place to sleep at night.

He said he is honored to be nominated.

"But really it's more about promoting the programs and the events that we all represent, you know Sleep In Heavenly Peace is really dear to my heart, as well as hundreds and thousands of other people across the country, and to be able to represent them, and the great state of Idaho is just an honor," Mickelson said.

Muffy Davis of Sun Valley was also presented an award. According to a news release, Davis was a top ranked U.S. Junior Ski Race before she became injured and paralyzed from the chest down. Since then she's competed in Paralympic Games and become a valued member countless committee and foundations supporting the disabled community. Davis currently servers as a District 26 representative for the Idaho State Legislature.

The other people nominated for the Hometown Hero Award were:

Robert Wallace of Pocatello.

Ronda Cheatham of Blackfoot.

Stephanie Taylor-Silva of Idaho Falls.

Bill Maeck posthumous of Idaho Falls.

Toni Carter of Idaho Falls.

Norm and Beth Hill of Pocatello.

Rita Haggardt of Pocatello.

Lisa Sanchez of Boise.

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