ELKO — Riverton and The Star Hotel are presenting the Riverton Home Town Hero Award every week for the basketball season. During halftime they recognize someone in the community for going above and beyond what is asked of them, presenting a $100 check to the organization of the recipient’s choice, and a $100 gift card to The Star Hotel.

The Jan. 27 recipient in Elko was Dr. Louis Bergeron. Louis is married to Paula. They have three kids and six grandkids. Dr. Bergeron has been in Elko since 1982 when he started Pioneer Urgent Care. He received his medical degree from George Washington University. He has been involved with the football team as a defensive end coach for many years. He has also donates his expertise to working with injured EHS student athletes. Lynette Davis said, “He is an outstanding diagnostician in his medical practice. I think he loves working with the kids even more.” Dr. Bergeron has chosen for Riverton to donate a $100 to the Elko Animal Shelter.

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The recipient in Spring Creek was Jeff Eckert. Jeff has been married to Jenny for over 19 years; they have a wonderful son, Thor. Jeff volunteers for many organizations, a few of which are the Elko Senior Olympics, the Elko Velo Bike Club, and Knights of Columbus. He plays the guitar as part of the music section and at St. Joseph’s Church, and is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club. Jeff and his wife own Full Range Physical Therapy, which for many years has been on the sidelines for the Elko, Spring Creek, and Carlin kids to help with any injuries. Jeff has chosen for Riverton to donate $100 to the “Believe 308” Lizzy Pritchett Fund.

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