By Paul Leighton
BEVERLY — Tuesday night's game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat has been called the most hyped season opener in NBA history.
Not to be lost amid all the star power of Lebron James and Co. was the appearance of Beverly police officer Bill Barror.
Barror was honored during a halftime ceremony as part of the Celtics' Heroes Among Us program for his role in alerting residents of a burning apartment building on July 4. He received a standing ovation from the crowd of 18,624 and posed for a picture with Nate Robinson of the Celtics and Dwayne Wade of the Heat.
Barror was off-duty and driving to a Fourth of July cookout when he spotted flames on a porch at 5 Mill St. He kicked in the back door and ran through the black smoke and intense heat to alert residents.
The Celtics have honored more than 550 people since the Heroes Among Us program began in 1997.