Heroes Among Us - January 2014

January 29, 2014 - Daniel Vasselian

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Marine Sergeant Daniel Vasselian dedicated his life to protecting our country.

A native of Abington, Daniel served three tours of duty as he strived to make a genuine change in the world. Tragically, on December 23rd of last year, Daniel was killed in combat in Afghanistan. He will always be remembered for his selfless acts throughout his life!

For his bravery and commitment to our country, please join us in celebrating Daniel's life. His wife, Erin, and his sister, Jeannine, accepted the Hero Among Us award on his behalf.

January 26, 2014 - Carl Alves

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Massachusetts Army National Guard Specialist Carl Alves has dedicated the last decade to protecting and serving our country.

During this time, Carl served two tours of duty, first in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. In 2011, while in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom he was wounded when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle. Fortunately, Carl and the other soldiers he was with survived the terrible incident and for his courageous efforts, Carl received the Purple Heart earlier this month!

For his commitment to our country, please join us in celebrating Specialist Carl Alves as a Hero Among Us.

January 24, 2014 - Mike Scanlon

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

North Intermediate School staff member Mike Scanlon thought his day in early January would be like any other. However, he never imagined that he would save a student’s life.

Mike witnessed a fourth grade student begin to choke while at lunch. Without a moment’s hesitation, he raced over to the student and began to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Thanks to Mike’s poise under pressure he was able to quickly dislodge the obstruction and the student began to breathe normally!

For his brave and life saving actions, please join us in celebrating Mike Scanlon as a Hero Among Us.

January 17, 2014 - Judy Giovangelo

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

In 2009, Judy Giovangelo’s worst nightmare occurred when her son Ben took his life after being the target of bullying at school.

Wanting no other mother to endure this terrible pain, Judy founded the non-profit, Ben Speaks Louder Than Words. Ben Speaks works to save lives through empowerment to stomp out bullying, teen suicide and provide youth with better tools to cope with life stressors. Judy has incredibly reached the hearts and minds of thousands of young people nationwide!

For her commitment to bullying prevention and education, please join us in celebrating Judy Giovangelo as a Hero Among Us.

January 15, 2014 - Ana Leon

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

In honor of Mass Mentoring Night, the Celtics would like to recognize Ana Leon, a mentor and proud supporter of Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

For the last seven years Ana has been an advisor, counselor and friend to her mentee Sally. The two have shared new and meaningful experiences like ice-skating, sailing and attending parades. Most importantly, Ana has been a strong advocate for education and guided Sally during the application process and her first semester in college!

For her dedication to mentoring, please join us in celebrating a Hero Among Us, Ana Leon.

January 13, 2014 - Michael Smith

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Last year in the early morning hours of September 14th, Michael Smith heard the sounds of a horrific car crash right in front of his house.

Racing to the scene, Michael saw three of the passengers strewn about the street and realized another passenger was trapped inside of the burning car. Without a moment’s hesitation he pulled the victim from the car and successfully dragged him away from the wreckage mere seconds before the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Thanks to Michael’s selfless act, the passenger survived this terrible accident!

For his life-saving actions, please join us in celebrating Michael Smith as a Hero Among Us.