Hometown Heroes honored at Boise event

The American Red Cross held a luncheon in Boise today.

BOISE - Ordinary people who have done extraordinary things were celebrated at a Hometown Heroes event in Boise today.

Each year, the American Red Cross hosts a lunch at the Riverside Hotel takes time to celebrate the "Spirit of Humanitarianism," bringing together community leaders, first responders and other individuals who view safety as a priority.

Today's Hometown Heroes Award recipients were five Ada County paramedics -- four of whom responded to the November 2016 shooting that injured two Boise police officers, including Corporal Kevin Holtry.

"Heroes come in many shapes and many forms, but they all have one thing in common and that's courage,” said Saint Alphonsus spokesman Josh Schlaich. “And in order to have courage, there's strength and character, and it deserves to be recognized."

The fifth award recipient -- Emily Shaw -- received the "Everyday Citizen Hero Award" for donating her kidney to a man she'd only met one time.

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