Longtime Carmel resident Dr. Jim Dillon received the Sagamore of the Wabash honor from Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb at an Aug. 22 ceremony. Dillon is a retired cardiologist and professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a former member of the Hamilton County Council and Clay Township Board.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by the governor and is given to individuals who have provided exemplary service to the state or governor. Dillon has been a longtime proponent for heart health in the state.
“When automated external defibrillators originally came out I had a lot of concern about their use because I was EMS chief with the fire department here in Carmel. I went to talk to Dr. Dillon because he was a cardiologist,” said Douglas Callahan, Clay Township Trustee. “He told me the AED’s would save lives and we would start seeing these things in your everyday businesses. Here we are 30 years later and they’re everywhere now. He was very instrumental in us moving ahead with those.”
Dillon also worked to bring the use of emergency weather sirens to Clay Township.
“He was on the board when we started looking into the use of sirens. The board always looked up to him when it came to emergency services. There are about 22 in the township now,” Callahan said.
Dillon was nominated by Callahan for the award because of their longstanding relationship working with the community. Dillon is Callahan’s deputy trustee.
“Doc was always instrumental in public safety,” Callahan said. “He’s always been conscious of doing what’s right for the community. He is always willing to step up to do what he needs to do for the community. I just think that’s really special, especially these days. That’s what makes him special to me.”
Dillon is pleased to carry on the family tradition of receiving the award.
“My father also received the Sagamore of the Wabash. It means a lot to me to have the same thing my dad received,” Dillon said. “I’m really pleased with it.”