WWII veteran volunteers playing piano at local hospital

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Wilbur Thorsen is a man who believes in service.

A World War II veteran, he was part of the crew who flew C-47's over the infamous "Hump," a dangerous route over the Himalayas that took needed supplies to American servicemen.

Today, he's exchanged the drafty interior of the cargo plane for a piano bench.

For the past 15 years, he's volunteered three days a week to play the piano in the cafeteria at Integris Baptist Medical Center.

As the notes float through the dining area, Thorsen reaches families whose loved ones are ill. His music bringing comfort to those undergoing the stress of illness.

But, perhaps, the hallmark of Thorsen's service is his age.

He's a man who believes a simple "Thank you" is payment enough for the hours he volunteers.

Meet him as First Fidelity Bank and NewsChannal 4's Linda Cavanaugh Pay It 4Ward.

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