Community Heroes

Meet Erik Homme, Golden Valley hero

Erik Homme winner of Bryant Community Heroes award from DuctworksErik Homme was recently selected as our local Community Hero and awarded a new Bryant furnace and installation from DuctWorks, in conjunction with Auer Steel and Bryant. The Community Heroes program was designed to recognize and honor people like Erik who have had a significant impact on the community.

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I am nominating Erik Homme because he truly embodies the attributes of a community “hero.” Not only has he served his country for the past 29 years, with the last 17 years on active duty with the Minnesota Army National Guard, but he is a dedicated husband, father, brother, son and coach. Erik has always been a very supportive husband and family man, and shows it through his commitment to making our community better.

Erik has been involved in multiple organizations in his life, beginning with volunteer work with the Moscow, Idaho, and the Jaycees organization. The Jaycees organization works to develop community leadership skills and provide the opportunity for young individuals to develop the social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to create positive change in their community. Erik was very involved in ensuring that the community provided a fun, family event each year at the Jaycees’ yearly 4th of July celebration and fireworks show.

Erik continued his volunteer work through opportunities in his military work life through volunteering events including Toys for Tots, Feed My Starving Children and food/clothing drives.

In addition, he is very involved in our children’s academic and athletic activities. He coached our oldest son’s hockey team for 10 years in various volunteer positions; head coach, assistant coach, concessions, Hockey Development Coordinator for our association and wherever else help was needed.

Even during his 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, Erik continued to be involved with his kids’ academics. He hosted several Skype calls with the classroom and once with the entire school at Forest Elementary while he was deployed to teach them about military life and a little about the Afghan culture.

He is currently volunteering with the Armstrong Cooper Boys High School Hockey team in various aspects, including website updates, tweeting for the team on Twitter during games, ensuring events and activities are staffed and even helping to paint locker rooms when needed.

Erik inspires me every day with his continued dedication to his military work, his commitment to family, his dedication to ensure that our children are well-rounded, educated, citizens of their school communities, and to ensure that his family is happy, healthy and taken care of. He truly deserves recognition for how he inspires us all to be and do better to make the community around us better for all.

– Linda Homme