Chairman of Emergency Services at HackensackUMC presented with American Flag
July 7, 2014 11:11 AM
Captain Anthony Bells, of the United States Army, also a physician assistant in the Emergency and Trauma Center at HackensackUMC, formally presented an American Flag to Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of Emergency Services.
Recently, Captain Anthony Bells, of the United States Army, also a physician assistant in the Emergency and Trauma Center at HackensackUMC, formally presented an American Flag to Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of Emergency Services at HackensackUMC. This flag is very unique, as Capt. Bells had carried it with him during his combat missions while deployed in Afghanistan.
The flag was presented during a solemn ceremony in the Emergency Trauma Center as a formal transference of the Symbol that is very sacred to all who have served and are presently serving in the United States military.
The following was read during the ceremony:
“This flag flew in the face of danger during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Answering our nation’s call, Capt. Anthony Bells carried this flag from our home soil, to a land hostile to his calling. He carried this flag as a reminder of our homeland, on every mission during his combat deployment. It is by the grace of God that this flag and its bearer have safely returned home.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, this flag is presented to Dr. Joseph Feldman and the HackensackUMC family. It is presented with gratitude for the support to all our sons and daughters presently in harm’s way.”
Dr. Feldman has been very supportive of Anthony’s military service. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Feldman sent five large “care packages” to Anthony and his fellow servicemen. To show his appreciation for Dr. Feldman’s generosity, Capt. Bells sent a formal request to the United States government for Dr. Feldman to receive the “Employers Medal.” Capt. Bells presented Dr. Feldman with the medal, along with a coin minted for this special occasion during the Annual EMS Excellence Awards Program at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.
“I am so proud of Capt. Bells for his service to our country,” said Dr. Feldman. “I am honored to receive the flag, which he carried with him everywhere he went, including onto the battlefield. I am humbled by Capt. Bells’ gestures and will proudly display both the flag and the medal as a reminder of the sacrifices he and our other service men and women are making for our country and the world.”
Last year, Capt. Bells, from Fair Lawn, was hit by enemy gunfire and returned home for a short time to recover.