COLTS, ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD HONOR INDIANAPOLIS “ANGEL”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce Pastor Robert Hock, an Indianapolis, Ind. resident, as a 2013 honoree of the Colts Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Hock will be recognized at the Colts home game this Sunday, September 15, 2013, for his outstanding contributions to the community.
Hock is currently the pastor at Southport Presbyterian Church (SPC) in Indianapolis and was a key component in the aftermath of the Richmond Hills Explosion in 2012. He assisted in coordinating and authorizing the use of the church for community meetings, established a one-stop shop facility for those affected by the disaster, created a safe place for meetings with Homeland Security, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and helped in many other capacities.
While Hock was invaluable to crisis-management during the weeks following the explosions, he also showed unwavering dedication to his community by being at the scene for twenty hours a day for over three weeks. Hock has been described as a true "Angel" for the residents of Richmond Hills during this tragic event that affected more than ninety homes and killed two people. He selflessly devoted himself to the well-being of his new community and not only provided a place of solace from the trauma of this tragedy, but also created a place of hope for the residents of Richmond Hills.
“Anthem Angels…Honoring Everyday Heroes” was established by the Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to pay tribute to Hoosier “First Respondents” who may have received little or no recognition for the strides they have made to help others in human-service related professions.
In honor of Hock’s heroism, he will receive four (4) VIP Club Seat Tickets to the Colts game, a feature story with his photo in the Colts gameday magazine (the Scout) and on www.colts.com, as well as on-field recognition at the game.
Nominations are currently being accepted for upcoming 2013 home games. For more information about Anthem Angels, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, please visit: www.colts.com/anthemangels.
For more information, media may contact Stephanie Cassel, Colts Community Relations, at 317-808-5143.