Montana's Official State Medal of Valor
In 1985 Montana legislation authorized the governor of Montana to designate a medal of valor in recognition of heroic actions taken by courageous Montanans and visitors to the state that have displayed extraordinary courage in a situation that threatened the lives of another person or people. All State Awards & Recognition
The governor awards the medal of valor, in the name of the people of Montana, to anyone whose behavior (in his or her judgment) merits such recognition. The award is normally made in a public ceremony at the recipient's city or town of residence. The Montana state medal of valor is not limited to native Montanans - recipients that are not Montana natives would normally receive their medal at the state capital.