Shauna Hill's mother knew something was wrong when the 16-year-old did not arrive home on time from orchestra practice in December.
"She was never not on time," Heidi Hill said.
The Eagle teen was critically injured when she was broadsided by a Jeep at the intersection of Floating Feather Road and Idaho 16 on Dec. 10. She suffered a multitude of broken bones and a traumatic brain injury.
The family made the agonizing decision to take her off life support a week later, Hill said.
In the days after her daughter's death, Heidi Hill said the thought of Shauna's organs giving new life to someone else was all that kept her going.
"We felt so helpless, it was the only thing we could do during the holidays to bring us any happiness," she said.
The Hill family was among those honored as heroes at a Red Cross luncheon Thursday. The event, Bravo for Bravery, was designed to shine a light on those whose heroism goes overlooked, event organizers said.
Mike Willits, a member of the Red Cross board of directors and a longtime volunteer, said the organization put out a community call for names of people who had acted selflessly or bravely to save others.
"We went out looking for heroes, and frankly, in this area they're not very hard to find," he said.
A selection committee made up of Idaho first lady Lori Otter, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Wells Fargo Bank Vice President Molly Lenty sifted through the submissions and selected nine recipients.
The Hills - Heidi, Edward and Shauna's sister Haley - were presented the Spirit of the Red Cross award.
Shauna's mother said she knew the teen would have wanted her organs to go to those in need. The girl's heart went to a 27-year-old woman, and her liver, pancreas and kidneys went to elderly patients.
"That was hard for me, but she was just so selfless and giving," Heidi Hill said. "She's just the most amazing human being I ever met, and she would have wanted us to do that."
Other guests honored at the event included police officers, an attorney, a young girl and even a dog.
Attorney Ryan Henson saved the life of his 18-year-old client when the man tried to leap from the fifth floor of the Ada County Courthouse. The teenager had become increasingly despondent during a meeting with Henson to discuss his options, and bolted suddenly for the balcony.
The man jumped over two retaining walls and climbed out to a ledge, ready to jump. Henson followed, stepping out to grab his client and pull him to safety.
Another honoree, 10-year-old Emma Knight, acted fast to help her father after he caught his hand in a clay-mixing machine. The motion pulled Gordon Knight into the machine, snapping his arm and his leg and trapping him.
Emma called 911 and ran to the neighbor's house for help. Gordon was extricated from the mixer after 75 minutes, and credits his daughter for saving his life.
Boise Police Department officer Bill Thomas and his K-9 police dog Diesel were praised for their role in apprehending a dangerous suspect.
Thomas and other BPD officers were searching for a homicide suspect when Diesel indicated that the man was behind a nearby fence. The dog found the suspect in the bushes and attacked, holding on as the man tried to reach a loaded gun on the ground. Thomas was able to apprehend the man before he could pick up the weapon.
Katie Terhune: 377-6219