October 28, 2013

Christopher Alvelo - Teenage Hero in Pennsylvania

Christopher Alvelo, age 17, died on October 26, 2013, in a parking lot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Chris was an Eagle Scout and he and his step-father, Joe Synder, were driving home from an Eagle Scout trash clean-up project at a local park. It has been reported that three passengers were with them.

During the trip home, at about 12:30 p.m., Joe suffered some sort of medical emergency, passed out and lost control of the vehicle.

Chris, who was in the front passenger seat, grabbed the wheel and tried to take control of the SUV. He was able to steer the vehicle off the road and into a nearby parking lot. However, he couldn't press on the brakes and the vehicle slammed into an unoccupied van.

Chris died at the scene of the collision.

His step-father survived and so did the teenage passengers in the back of the SUV.

Chris was a senior at New Foundations Charter High School. He would have turned 18 in December and was planning on joining the Air Force.

Family members describe Chris as their hero. If he had not gotten control of the wheel
Father, place Chris on the stairway to
the vehicle could likely have struck a fuel tank on the property, killing all of the occupants.

High School officials describe Chris as a gentleman who was well loved and respected by his teachers and his peers. He loved his family members.

Friends stated that Chris was a beautiful person who will never be forgotten. He was personable, outgoing and always had a smile on his face. He is also described as kind-hearted and helpful.

Chris is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, his brother and sister, and his step-father.

Pray for all who die as teenagers. Yesterday, they were just children.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and gone the next. Amen.

Pray that Chris is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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