Officer gives young marathon victim pin from his uniform
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Aaron Hern stopped at the growing memorial on Boylston Street for one of his first stops after leaving the hospital Thursday.
The San Francisco 11 year old was waiting for his mother near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when he was injured by shrapnel from the second bomb.
The multi-sport athlete said visits from dignitaries like First Lady Michelle Obama helped keep his spirits up.
“Still a little hard to do the things I used to,” said Aaron, injured in the blast.
Aaron stopped by the Copley Square memorial when he was stopped by a Boston police officer who wanted to chat. The officer wanted to give Aaron something, but the only thing he had was a fabric badge. The officer said it wasn’t enough, so he reached to his left collar and gave him a pin from his uniform. Aaron also has a hat signed by Boston Bruins enforcer, Shawn Thornton.
It’s that kind of love and support that has been overwhelming, according to Aaron’s parents.
“Endless gratitude to the people of Boston. Boston PD, I cannot say enough about how amazing the staff at Children’s Hospital was,” said Katherine Hern, Aaron’s mother.
The Hern family has long loved Boston. Instead of instilling the fear and terror of that day they said it only increased their fondness of the city.
“It was a terrible thing that happened, but the silver lining is obviously how many good people there are here,” said Alan Hern, victim’s father.