Heitzman Honored As Indiana Hero

December 19, 2007

Holly Heitzman has been on the bench during every game in Fever history. Whether in a game or practice, or treating Fever players on the road in airports and hotels, her actions reflect her compassion and devotion to excellence.
As part of the Indiana Pacers commitment to the community, the Pacers recognize the heroes "who make every day better" during every home game. On Dec. 19, Indiana Fever athletic trainer Holly Heitzman was honored as the latest "Indiana Hero."

Before the game, Heitzman was awarded with a medal commemorating her efforts as an Indiana Hero.

During a 2007 Indiana Fever practice, Fever player Ebony Hoffman fell to the floor after being elbowed in the throat. Heitzman was quickly able to determine that Ebony had a dislocated throat. It is an unusual basketball injury, but if not detected quickly, an individual with this type of injury can die within five minutes or less.

Heitzman was able to relocate her throat and "snap" it into place, thus saving Ebony's life. Thanks to Holly, Fever fans were able to enjoy Ebony's hustle and determination throughout the entire 2007 season.

Holly would tell you that she "was just doing her job." But the unusual circumstance was met by not only her professional expertise, but by the compassion and devotion to excellence that define her heroic actions. Holly’s humanitarian spirit and commitment to her community has made an exceptional and everlasting contribution to the State of Indiana.