INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce Erich Orrick, an Indianapolis, Ind. resident as a 2013 honoree of the Colts Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Orrick will be recognized at the Colts home game this Sunday, November 10, 2013, for his outstanding contributions to the community.
Orrick is described as a man who dedicates every free moment to helping others in need. He proudly served in the United States Army for 20 years, which included tours in Somalia, Bosnia, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Through his selfless dedication to our country, Orrick earned the honor of guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, earned the Bronze Star for his courage in battle and was awarded a Purple Heart for the injuries he sustained. He retired as Sergeant First Class in 2009 and in 2011 began volunteering for Wish for Our Heroes, which is a charity dedicated to assisting men and women of the U.S. Military. He has volunteered countless hours every week, granted wishes, raised funds and ultimately continues to raise awareness for the needs of our troops. To date, Orrick has assisted in nearly 1,000 wishes granted across the United States, he has been added to the board of directors for Wish for Our Heroes and in 2014, he will serve as President of the national military charity based here in Indianapolis. Orrick is not only a true military hero, but a hero to many others in the Indianapolis and military community.
"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 Orrick'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.