Loudon: Honorary crew member - Brian Martel

Loudon Police Officer and Purple Heart Recipient Redefines the Term "Double Duty" And Has Been Named ExtenZe Local Hero for the New Hampshire NASCAR Cup Series Weekend ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a...

Loudon Police Officer and Purple Heart Recipient Redefines the Term "Double Duty" And Has Been Named ExtenZe Local Hero for the New Hampshire NASCAR Cup Series Weekend

ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their Communities

Brian Martel was born to protect and serve. In addition to being an officer on the Loudon Police Force, he also Serves His Country in the Army Reserves

STATESVILLE, NC (June 23, 2010) - Loudon Police Officer Brian Martel has much to be thankful for as he and his loving wife have their first child on the way. However, things could be much different for the Martel family. He just returned from a second tour of duty with the Army Reserves but during his first tour he nearly lost his life courtesy of a roadside bomb that obliterated the truck he was driving. Those who know him best would probably say that the city of Loudon has much to be thankful for as well. For Martel's heroic efforts while serving with the Army Reserves and keeping the residents of Loudon safe he as been named the 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and will serve as Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR's leading Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver Kevin Conway and his ExtenZe racing team for this weekend's NASCAR events at New Hampshire International Speedway.

While fighting overseas as a member of the 325th Transportation Company out of Brockton Massachusetts, Martel's days were spent ensuring that much needed fuel and supplies reached those on the front lines. Every day they counted on him to supply what was needed and he did not disappoint. So much so that within hours of having his truck blown up by a roadside bomb and a brief visit to the Army's equivalent of the "In Field Care Center", he climbed back in another truck and drove over the same terrain going back to get more supplies. When asked what that was like, Martel simply says "I guess it makes you a little more alert. I mean, climbing back in that truck was just what I had to do, I knew there were guys in danger that needed what I was carrying so you just go out and try again". In addition to a Purple Heart, Martel received a Combat Action Badge and numerous Army accolades.

Martel is currently back home in Loudon where he continues to put his life on the line every day in order to Protect and Serve. "I have wanted to be a Police Officer my whole life," he says. "Ever since I was a kid, honestly I can't remember ever wanting to be anything else," continues Martel. After a brief break from action and enjoying himself this weekend at NHIS, Martel will continue to live out his life long dream of helping others when they need him most.

"NASCAR fans often look to us as their heroes but the true American heroes out there are the likes of Brian Martel," said the leading NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver Kevin Conway. "We just drive race cars and put on a good show for the fans while people like Brian are out there fighting for our freedom and making sure our homeland is kept safe. And for that, we look forward to having him as part of our race team and honoring his heroic deeds at New Hampshire."

The 'ExtenZe Local Hero' program pays tribute to people who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Award recipients become ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chiefs, receive a tour of the paddock, attend the pre-race NASCAR Driver/Crew Chief meeting, and sit atop the pit box with Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo to root on rookie driver Kevin Conway piloting the royal blue and red No. 34 ExtenZe Ford Fusion. Each recipient also receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of their selflessness.

Fans can visit www.ExtenZeRacing.com to nominate their own local heroes or review who has been previously chosen. Also check in on blog/twitter feeds for the latest information on ExtenZe Racing and Kevin Conway.

-source: front row motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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