Massachusetts State Lottery and the Boston Celtics Honor Michael Kelly as Hero Among Us on Seats for Soldiers Night

Coast Guard Petty Officer rescued four fishermen at sea during an aggressive storm...
USCG Petty Officer Michael Kelley waves for the crowd after accepting the Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us award during a game on December 9. For his incredible bravery and commitment to the nation, USCG Petty Officer Michael Kelly was named a Hero Among Us

From the Boston Celtics and Mass State Lottery:

Boston - U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer and Mashpee native Michael Kelly sacrifices for our safety every day.

Seventy miles off of the coast of Portland, Maine, four fishermen were stranded at sea after an aggressive storm caused their boat to sink. Desperate for help, a helicopter from the U.S. Coast guard arrived. PO Kelly jumped from the aircraft and swam 100 yards against 60 mph winds and through 20-foot waves to reach the raft. One by one, he swam them to safety and saved their lives.

For his incredible bravery and commitment to the United States of America, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Kelley was named a Hero Among Us during the Boston Celtics’ 13th Annual Seats for Soldiers Night on Monday.

The Boston Celtics and ReliaQuest teamed up to welcome members of the United States Armed Services and their families inside TD Garden for last night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the organization’s 13th annual Seats for Soldiers Night. More than 1,100 tickets were donated to the United Service Organizations (USO) by the Celtics and their Season Ticket Members ahead of last night’s contest.

Prior to the game, a collection of VIPs – including Celtics center Tacko Fall and Celtics Legends Cedric Maxwell, Leon Powe and Brian Scalabrine – participated in a live teleconference between a New England-based unit in Jordan and their families. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on