Local New York Life agent recognized

New York Life agent Ellier Gervero of Beaufort has been named a "Lives Protected Champion" by the insurance company.

The recognition is given to agents who assisted the most families in their communities with life insurance protection in the fourth quarter of 2012. Nearly 400 out of more than 12,250 licensed New York Life agents across the country received the recognition, according to a company news release.

Gervero has been a New York Life agent since 2007 and is associated with the company's Savannah general office.