Former Friends star Erik Nott receives nation’s top military medicine honor


Here’s my article on Air Force Maj. Erik Nott, MD, receiving the Heroes of Military Medicine Award from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation on Wednesday night in Washington DC – arguably the nation’s top military medicine award. Nott, a Wichita Northwest/Friends/KU med grad, was awarded the Purple Heart last November – here’s the story on the events in Afghanistan that led to him receiving the Purple Heart. Wednesday, Nott was able to meet the Air Force, Army and Navy surgeon generals along with the chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff. Heady stuff.

Nott was a three-sport star at Northwest – football, basketball & track – and was an All-State pick in basketball for the Grizzlies in ’94 after finishing as state runner-up his final two years (full disclosure – we were teammates in football and hoops – he was a couple of years ahead of me in school). At 6-foot-7, he played in a frontcourt with Shawn Rhodes, a 6-10 forward who went on to play for K-State, and some of the battles between those guys and South – with BJ Williams (KU), Darren Williams (WSU) and Manny Dies (K-State) – were epic. That was a heyday for big ┬ámen in the City League – East had Korleone Young at the same time while Southeast had Lavell Manuel and Mike Palmer.

At Friends, he was an All-KCAC honorable mention pick as a junior, first team as a senior and played for Ron Heller.

Don’t know what else to say. These have been fun stories to write. Dude is an in-the-flesh, American war hero. Feels good to know guys like him are out there.