2 local men awarded Sagamore of Wabash

September 9, 2017 GMT

Two local men were presented the Sagamore of the Wabash award, one of the highest awards given by the governor of Indiana.

On Friday night, Bud Dyer of Fort Wayne received the award during the Pat Dyer Memorial Fund annual fundraiser at Pine Valley Country Club.

Dyer lost his only child in 1989 and his wife in 1998 to cancer. Since then, and in honor of his wife, Pat Dyer, he formed the Pat Dyer Memorial Fund. Its mission is to help cancer patients offset out-of-pocket expenses by providing gas cards to cancer patients who must travel for their treatments. Through this 501(c)(3) organization, Dyer has been able to provide aid to hundreds of Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana residents fighting the disease.

In recent years, Dyer has partnered with Parkview’s oncology department and Lassus stores to ensure the program will be able to continue for years to come.

Dyer’s longtime friend, Mark O. Flanagan, nominated him for the award through state Sen. David Long.

State Sen. Liz Brown recently presented a Sagamore of the Wabash to Dr. Michael Mastrangelo, a Korean War veteran and retired surgeon.

Despite operating his own practice for more than 30 years, Mastrangelo dedicated most of his time to community service organizations, including Matthew 25, Bishop Dwenger High School, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and the Allen County Public Library, Brown said. He is also an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and is heavily involved in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese.

“It’s a privilege to present Dr. Mastrangelo with a Sagamore of the Wabash,” Brown said. “Dr. Mastrangelo’s professional achievements are matched by his devotion to serving the Fort Wayne community and those less fortunate. Dr. Mastrangelo’s humanity in living, loyalty in friendship, wisdom in council and inspiration in leadership are characteristics that make him worthy of this great honor.”

Dating back to the 1940s, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award was created by former Gov. Ralph Gates.