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Crapo Honors Latah County Sheriff With Spirit of Idaho Award

Award is a small ‘thank you’ for Sheriff Richard Skiles’ big acts

MOSCOW -- Under a donated new entertainment stage cover at the Latah County Fairgrounds and Events Center, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) honored Latah County Sheriff Richard “Richie” Skiles with his Spirit of Idaho (SOI) Award on Wednesday. 

“Sheriff Skiles already serves his community every day by putting on his uniform as Latah County Sheriff,” said Senator Crapo.  “Yesterday, I presented Sheriff Richie Skiles with the Spirit of Idaho Award because his selflessness and commitment to his community has gone above and beyond his call of duty.  Idaho--and this community--are lucky to have such a caring and dedicated person like Sheriff Skiles.  His actions have demonstrated what it means to truly serve others.”

Sheriff Richard “Richie” Skiles served as chief of police in Troy from 2013-2016.  His law enforcement experience also includes 12 years with the Latah County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served as Sheriff since 2016.  He received the SOI Award for his dedicated service to his local community and the residents of the Syringa Mobile Home Park following the neighborhood court’s closure.  He spent his own time, money and resources to help ensure their safety and wellbeing, going above and beyond the call of duty.  He also received a quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation in honor of his military service. 

The Spirit of Idaho Award honors the acts of service by Idahoans for their commitment to improving their community and serving their fellow citizens.  Senator Crapo has presented more than 600 SOI awards since the first presentation in Twin Falls in November of 2000.