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Boston Celtics honor two Maine veterans deemed 'heroes'

Joe Arsenault and Nick Claudel, both military veterans from Belgrade, are being recognized as 'Heroes Among Us' by the Boston Celtics after they saved a truck driver from a fiery crash in January.

BOSTON — It was a moment that attracted attention from around the state -- when a tanker-truck overturned in Belgrade in January, setting fire to thousands of gallons of oil.

Now, two postal workers who showed an incredible amount of bravery during that accident are being honored as 'Heroes Among Us' by the Boston Celtics.

Joe Arsenault and Nick Claudel, both military veterans from Belgrade, were recognized at the team's May 3 game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The well-deserved honor comes after Arsenault and Claudel jumped into action during that accident on January 2. 

The two men were working their shift at the post office when they saw the oil truck collide with an SUV and burst into flames. Arsenault and Claudel raced out to the tanker-truck, were they found the driver trapped inside.

With no regard for their own safety, the heroes climbed into the fiery vehicle, pulling the driver out through the shattered windshield and ultimately saving his life.

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On Friday, Arsenault and Claudel were honored for their quick-thinking and courage during this terrifying incident. They were welcomed onto the basketball court by the Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery to accept the 'Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us' award.

The Heroes Among Us program was established in 1997 by the Boston Celtics. The awards are given to outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities.

Awards are presented at every home game for the Boston Celtics. They pay tribute to the heroic achievements of outstanding citizens.