INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce Julie Black, an Indianapolis, Ind. resident, as a 2014 honoree of the Colts Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Black will be recognized at the Colts home game this Sunday, October 5, 2014, for her outstanding contributions to the community.
Throughout her thirty-two years working as a civilian for the IMPD, Julie Black has had the privilege of working with the brave men and women who make it their duty to protect the city of Indianapolis. In a workplace filled with those whose mission and passion it is to serve, Julie not only demonstrates those qualities but also has been known to rise above and beyond the call of duty when necessary.
In the past thirteen months, Julie has been a lead coordinator in organizing the two IMPD Line of Duty funerals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that honored the lives of officers Rod Bradway and Perry Renn. She has provided a helping hand and loving touch in all details both logistical and personal. Then and now, "she spends quality time with the wives and children and family members, hugging them and doing whatever it takes to let them know they are loved and cared for when they don't know which way is up," reports a colleague. Julie was and is ever-present, from making sure the families' meals were taken care of during the difficult early moments to being a long-term source of strength, comfort, and love. Perhaps even more remarkably, Julie served her fellow man while also navigating a personal challenge of her own: beating breast cancer. "Julie Black is one of the most selfless and servant-hearted individuals I know," reports Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. Speaking to the selflessness of her actions and demeanor he continues, "She is one of those people who you don't realize how much they do."
For exhibiting the spirit of compassion and resilience, we are proud to honor breast cancer survivor and our Anthem Angel, Julie Black.
"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 Black's heroism, she will receive four (4) VIP Club Seat Tickets to the Colts game, a feature story with her 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 2014 home games. For more information about Anthem Angels, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, please visit: www.colts.com/anthemangels.