Vernon Resident Dan Monzo Receives Recognition

Posted: April 29, 2014

Vernon resident Dan Monzo
Photo: Vernon resident Dan Monzo (center) is lauded by Mayor Marotta (far left) and Council President Brian Lynch (second from right) as Dan’s parents look on.

Vernon resident Dan Monzo was recognized as the “Role Model of the Year for Our Youth of Vernon Township” by the Vernon mayor and township council at the April 28, 2014 council meeting.

A 2008 Vernon High School graduate, Dan lost his left leg in a dirt bike accident when he was 15-years-old. Despite the traumatic injury, Dan not only refused to let it interfere with his love for snowboarding but through perseverance, drive and a prosthetic leg, he returned to the slopes and went on to excel at the national level.

Dan was a member of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding Team representing the United States of America in Sochi, Russia competing against the best in the world.

When not on the slopes of Mountain Creek, he volunteers at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, visiting patients recovering from similar traumatic injuries.

Mayor Marotta, in praising Dan’s determination to succeed in the face of adversity, lauded Dan’s natural ability to serve as a positive influence on Vernon residents, both young and old.