Last night as my 10 year old and The Man sat in the Wells Fargo Center preparing to see the Flyers beat the NY Islanders, a story of heroism played out on the Jumbotron.
Joe Lozito's story:
"As the wild-eyed serial killer drew close to Lozito, he uttered a chilling threat: "You are going to die!"
"He lunged at me," Lozito said. Thanks to his many hours of watching mixed martial arts on television, Lozito says he "took him down" with a single leg sweep.
"I wouldn't win any style points for taking him down, but it did the job," he said.
Maksim Gelman reached under his jacket, pulled out an 8-inch Wusthof chef's knife and began slashing. "I was trying to get control of his wrist. I didn't really feel anything," said Lozito, who warned Gelman that he had picked the wrong guy to fight. "You better hope that I die because I'm going to come kill you," Lozito says he told Gelman.
The cops, joined by an off-duty detective who ran into the car, pulled Gelman off and arrested him. It was only then that Lozito realized he was wounded.
"The blood was pouring out of me everywhere," he said. A good Samaritan rushed forward and helped apply pressure to Lozito's wounds.
"He kept telling me that I needed medical attention. He stayed with me," Lozito said. "I told him, 'You gotta get me out of here. I can't die on this train. I have a wife and two kids.'"
The Philadelphia Flyers took time during last night's game to honor Lozito's efforts and present him with a personalized jersey. The Man said the standing ovation roared louder than the winning overtime goal... Pretty cool.
(Picture: Lozito hangs with Richie and Prongs pre-game. Photo property of the Philadelphia Flyers)