TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Congratulations are in order for Errett “EJ” Bozarth!
Bozarth was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash Award on Wednesday. It’s Indiana’s high distinction for lifetime service to the state.
The award was presented by State Representative Clyde Kersey on behalf of Governor Eric Holcomb.
Kersey says, “Mr. Bozarth is truly an amazing man. He was a Marine fighter pilot for seven years and then served in the Indiana Air National Guard for another decade.
Following his military career, this decorated Marine became an American Airlines pilot until one day an automobile accident left him in a wheelchair paralyzed from the neck down with minimal control of his shoulder muscles. Yet, this tough Marine never quit. He went back to school and is now an ISU instructor in Professional Pilot and Unmanned Systems.”
Kersey adds, “Mr. Bozarth enthusiastically shares his experience and wealth of knowledge with students and is an extremely popular professor. He epitomizes what the Sagamore of the Wabash truly represents.
His courage, dedication and compassion for others is an example for all Hoosiers to follow.”
Officials say the Sagamore of the Wabash Award was created during the term of Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945-49. They say the term “Sagamore” was used by Native American tribes in the northeastern United States to describe a great man among the tribe to whom the chief would trust for advice and wisdom.
Officials add that Sagamore recipients have included presidents, astronauts, ambassadors, musicians, artists, politicians, and other distinguished men and women who have contributed to the well-being of Indiana and its Hoosier heritage.
Again, a big congratulations to EJ Bozarth! News 10’s Lacey Clifton will have Mr. Bozarth's reaction about receiving the award tonight on News 10.