4 ‘Hometown Heroes’ throw out first pitch at Albany Dutchmen game

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some hometown heroes got to enjoy America’s favorite pastime free of charge on Thursday.

It wasn’t your typical night at the ballfield. On Thursday, the Albany Dutchmen game was all about honoring local hometown heroes.

Four local heroes threw out the first pitch: a member of the military, EMS, fire department and police department.

“It was very nice,” Albany officer Stephen Sayra said. “I’m glad that they asked, and I’m glad that I was a part of the group that was out there.”

Sayra’s been an Albany police officer for six years. He was one of the four recognized at SEFCU Hometown Heroes Night.

“We appreciate all that they do for the community,” Albany Dutchmen Vice President Jason Brinkman said. “We appreciate their service, and we’re thrilled that we could partner with SEFCU to put on this night for them.”

All hometown heroes and their families watched the Dutchmen take on the Saugerties Stallions for free.

“It was really cool that my kids and my wife and my parents could come here,” Sayra said. “Having played baseball, it’s a truly great experience that I can come as a police officer and help out for baseball games and be in the area and do my job.”

But he said he doesn’t do the job to be known as a hero.

“Truly to help people out and make a difference in the community,” he said.

The Dutchmen fell 7-5 to the Stallions. They play again on Saturday and Sunday.

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