Images: Schenectady Police visit city resident battling terminal cancer on birthday; Gift flag, coin, patch

Schenectady Police Lt. Ryan Macherone gifts a flag, a patch and the St. Michael challenge coin, to Brien McEckron Monday.
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Schenectady Police Lt. Ryan Macherone gifts a flag, a patch and the St. Michael challenge coin, to Brien McEckron Monday.

SCHENECTADY – City police visited a city resident battling terminal cancer on his birthday, gifting him an American flag, a St. Michael challenge coin and a patch.

Brien McEckron, 50, received the gifts with his mother and son present. She also gave her son his baby shoes.

Officers stopped by Monday after McEckron’s mother reached out to the chief’s office recently about her son’s impending birthday, saying he had always looked up to the police and fire departments and asked if they could do anything, police Lt. Ryan Macherone said.

The officers presented the flag after the mother mentioned he would like one, Macherone said. She indicated she’d buy it herself, but the officers got together and got him one themselves and added the patch and challenge coin, Macherone said later.

Photos from the Monday visit, from our Erica Miller

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Ryan McEckron hugs his father Brien McEckron after his mother Loral Duckwalk, (left) of Broadalbin, as she gifts him his baby shoes on his birthday at their home. ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

 

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Loral Duckwalk, (left) of Broadalbin, embraces her son Brien McEckron after she gifts him his baby shoes on his birthday at his home. ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

 

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Police Lt Ryan Macherone with McEckron and his mother. ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

 

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Police Lt. Ryan Macherone presents McEckron with the flag. ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

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