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Meet an Idaho hero on Thursday — paralympian silver medalist Kory Puderbaugh

United States' Kory Puderbaugh, left, and Josh Brewer applaud as they attend the medal ceremony with their silver medals after the mixed wheelchair rugby final match with Australia at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Australia won the gold medal.
United States' Kory Puderbaugh, left, and Josh Brewer applaud as they attend the medal ceremony with their silver medals after the mixed wheelchair rugby final match with Australia at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Australia won the gold medal. AP

The city of Eagle will honor Kory Puderbaugh, an Eagle High School grad and recipient of a silver medal at the recent Paralympic Games in Rio. The community-wide celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Sherman Way in Eagle.

The 20-year-old Puderbaugh was the youngest member of the U.S. wheelchair rugby team. He scored 10 goals during the final match against Team Australia. The match went to double overtime. Team Australia narrowly beat the Americans, 59-58. Both the U.S. and Australian team went into the finals undefeated.

Puderbaugh is a local hero, event organizers say. He spent his early life in a Polish orphanage before coming to the United States. He trains with the San Diego Sharp Wheelchair Rugby Team in Calif.

The celebration on Thursday is free and open to the public.

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