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First Responders night held at Dodd Stadium on Friday

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First Responders night held at Dodd Stadium on Friday (WFSB) First Responders night held at Dodd Stadium on Friday (WFSB)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Friday night is “First Responders Night” at Dodd Stadium, and the family of a retired Norwich police sergeant said they are excited about participating.

Retired sergeant Ed Peckham and his family will be at the event where his son EJ Peckham will be practicing with the bat and his daughter will be singing the National Anthem.

The Peckham family has had to overcome numerous health hurdles in the past six years.

"That's my biggest thing. My family. They've had to go through all this so it’s a good day for us just to kind of forget about everything and relax...and enjoy,” Ed Peckham said.

First, Ed’s wife Heather, then Ed was recently diagnosed with cancer. The community though, including first responders, rallied in June to raise funds by going bald.

"It's very overwhelming for me but it’s just incredible. More than I can say,” Ed Peckham said.

Now, Ed Peckham is an honorary member of the Connecticut Tiger’s team for Friday night’s game against West Virginia.

He was even given his own locker in the clubhouse of the Connecticut Tigers at Dodd Stadium.

The honorary captain of the team is even sporting a uniform with a rose, which is a symbol he proudly wore for 22 years with the Norwich Police Department.

His 12-year-old son EJ is in his glory too, being his dad’s agent.

"It's an opportunity for my dad to be able to enjoy the day tomorrow,” he said.

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