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7Everyday Hero Pete Donohue helps passengers at Denver International Airport

Posted at 7:57 AM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 09:57:53-05

DENVER -- Last year, Denver International Airport saw more than 58 million passengers. Sometimes those fliers need assistance finding their way and many of them turn to 7Everyday Hero Pete Donohue. 

He is a D.I.A. Ambassador. 

"We have over 300 Ambassadors at Denver International Airport. They provide information, be it recommending restaurants or just getting them to the security checkpoints," said Lisa Dittberner, Manager of Volunteer Programs at the airport.

D.I.A. is the sixth busiest airport in the country, so it helps to have a life-long aviator on hand. 

"I was a tail gunner in World War II in B-29's," Donohue said. 

Donohue served his country in the U.S. Air Force, first as a pilot, then as a flight instructor. 

"I flew the B-47 and was an instructor in Japan," Donohue said. 

And then Donohue became a United Airlines pilot for 22 years. 

Even at age 91, Donohue can't get aviation out of his system. He has been a D.I.A. Ambassador since the day the airport opened. 

"I was here the first Tuesday the airport opened in 1995," Donohue said. 

That was February 28th, 1995. And Pete Donohue has been giving ever since. 

"He has served over 9,350 hours and he is religious about coming here every Tuesday and Saturday," Dittberner said. 

"I just want to know what I am going to do when I retire from this," chuckled Donohue. 

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at DEN Airport, please email     

Mitch Jelniker anchors Denver7 in the mornings from 4:30 to 7 a.m. He also features a different 7Everyday Hero each week on 7NEWS. Follow Mitch on Facebook and Twitter. Nominate a 7Everyday Hero here.