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C's honor marathon heroes

4/26/2013

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics honored members of the community who assisted in the aftermath of last week's marathon tragedy during their "Heroes Among Us" program after the first quarter of Friday's Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round series against the New York Knicks.

Here's the list of honorees that were honored on the floor and serenaded with a long standing ovation by the capacity crowd:

Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, Lieutenant Colonel James Hanafin Deputy, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, FBI Special Agent in Charge Boston Division Peter Kowenhoven, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Boston Division Jeffrey Sallet, Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Dr. Heidi Kimberly, Dr. Michael Weaver, Dr. Christian Sampson, R.N. Janet Gill, R.N. Dennis Sullivan, R.N. Erin Emerling, R.N. Brenda Craig, Boston Medical Center Dr. Liz Mitchell and Nurse Jennifer Kelley, Boston Children’s Hospital Dr. David Mooney and Nurse Jessica Sexton, Massachusetts General Hospital R.N. Megann Prevatt, Tufts Medical Center M.D Charles Cassidy and R.N. Julie Compton, Members of the Mass State Police, Boston Police Department, Watertown Police Department and Cambridge Police Department, Youth Violence Strike Force, and Volunteers from Boston Athletic Association.

Here's more on the ceremony from the Celtics:

Following the tragic events surrounding last week’s Boston Marathon and its aftermath, the Boston Celtics will honor several local heroes as part of the team’s “Heroes Among Us” program. These selfless individuals will be presented at half court following the end of the first quarter of Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks.

All of these brave men and women, from those who treated victims of the bombings, to the law enforcement officials who worked tirelessly all week and to the governor of our great state, will be recognized for the their heroism. On behalf of their fans and the entire organization, the Boston Celtics thank them.

Before lineup introductions, the Celtics held a moment of silence (slightly interrupted by a few overzealous fans screaming players' names), followed by a pregame recognition of the marathon tragedy. The national anthem was performed by The Voices of Freedom.

Before the game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the ceremony would be good for everyone in the building.

"It'll be nice. They've been through a lot and I think they can't get enough support, they can't get enough love," said Rivers. "So I think it'll be absolutely wonderful, for them and for the fans as well. You don't get a chance a lot of times to say thank you to firemen and policemen -- my dad was a cop -- so it's nice that people have a chance and want to thank them, so I think it's terrific."