James Dunbar Honored As Anthem Angel This Past Sunday
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce a resident of Greenwood, Ind. as a 2008 honoree of the Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. James Dunbar, a Lifeline Helicopter Pilot for Omniflight (Kokomo, Ind. base), was recognized as an "Anthem Angel" at the Colts home game this past Sunday, December 14, 2008, for his outstanding contribution to the community.
Dunbar has been an EMS pilot for 2 years, after retiring from 29 years of service with the U.S. military.
In honor of James's dedication, he received 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 recognition on the hhGregg Big Screens in Lucas Oil Stadium during the game.
James Dunbar's life experience as a U.S. militant of 29 years gave him the foundation for his desire to save lives as an EMS pilot. With two years as a Marine, one year in the U.S. Air Force, and the remaining years as a National Guard member, it was only after one year in retirement that James became a Lifeline Helicopter Pilot, realizing he was not ready to give up his passion for flight and serving others. As an EMS pilot, Dunbar actively responds to critical accidents to provide the fastest transportation possible to the nearest or most appropriate hospital.
Dunbar's most rewarding experiences have been flights that arrived on-the-scene to relieve major trauma.
Recognizing his fellow colleagues in the field of saving lives, Dunbar said, "The flight nurses and paramedics are some of the best in the business. Those folks and the first responders on the ground are the real heroes. I do not do anything that any of my fellow Lifeline pilots or other EMS program pilots do; they all deserve this honor."
"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.
For more information about Anthem Angels, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and to view past winners, please visit www.colts.com/anthemangels.