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Loyola Surgeon, Serving in the Air Force, Honored during National Anthem at Blackhawks Game

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Dane Salazar, MD, a major in the U.S. Air Force and an orthopaedic surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center, wore his flight suit to the Chicago Blackhawks game Thursday night.

Salazar had been chosen to stand on the rink and salute the flag during the dramatic singing of the national anthem, accompanied by thunderous cheers from nearly 21,600 fans at the United Center.

“It was a patriotic moment, and very moving,” Salazar said.

Before every home Blackhawks game two members of the Armed Services – one active duty and one veteran – are chosen to stand with soloist Jim Cornelison as he belts out his stirring rendition of the national anthem. The salute on ice, coordinated by the Blackhawks and the United Service Organizations of Illinois, is a way to honor the men and women who have served their country. The veteran who appeared with Salazar was Richard Yavenue of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Salazar has been on active duty in the Air Force since 2001. He has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). He currently is doing his training at Loyola, where he is completing the fifth year of an orthopaedic residency.

"We are extremely proud that Dr. Salazar is a Loyola Orthopaedic Surgery resident,” said Terry Light, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. “He demonstrates the highest of values through his service to our country, dedication to work and study and through his commitment to his wonderful family."

Salazar is a die-hard Blackhawks fan and he attends about 25 games per year. On May 9, he brought his wife, Melanie, and sons, Javier, 16, and Angel, 9, to see the Blackhawks advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

While Salazar wore his flight suit, the civilian members of his family wore Blackhawks jerseys.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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