Reeves to be
honored for public service
Express Staff Writer
giving selflessly for more than 30 years, part-time Elkhorn resident and
Ketchum American Legion member Reginald Reeves is about to do some
also an Idaho Falls attorney, is being recognized for his giving nature,
and will be presented next week with two prestigious U.S. Army awards.
Some say Reeves has actually redefined giving as a complete and total
commitment to others.
retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and a member of the David Ketchum
American Legion Post, has collected and distributed 2,500 pounds of food
to soup kitchens, homeless shelters and senior citizen centers. Every
month he drives nearly 500 miles round trip to Mountain Home Air Force
Base to deliver computers, clothing, toys and books for those in need.
And this is
just the tip of the ice berg for a man who donates over 25 hours a week to
charitable causes in addition to working full time as a lawyer.
recognition of his selfless service, Reeves will receive two Army awards:
the Commanderís Award for Public Service and the Outstanding Civil
Service Medal. The awards will be presented at a ceremony May 8 at the
American Legion Hall in Ketchum at 6 p.m.
Attorney General Al Lance, U.S. Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and state
Sen. Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, and state Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum,
are expected to attend.
Postmaster John McDonald, who has known Reeves for six years as a fellow
member of the Ketchum American Legion Post, said this is the first time in
at least 10 years these awards have been presented in the western United
there is some prestige to these awards," McDonald said.
also be the first time in 30 years Reeves has been recognized for his
humble at heart, Reeves doesnít hesitate to tell people why he gives so
much of himself.
a way of paying back," he said. "My philosophy is that service
to others is the rent we pay for the space we occupy, and I like to pay my
explained it from his point of view:
and his wife, Beverly, are just wonderful people," he said. "I
guess theyíre some of those folks that, you always hear good things
spends countless hours of his own time, with no pay, and sometimes, Iím
sure, not as much gratitude as he obviously deserves. This is just one of
those individuals whoís devoted the later years of his life to public