Three days ago, the Georgetown baseball team hoisted the school's first Division 4 state championship trophy at LeLacheur park in Lowell after defeating Harwich, 11-1. On Friday afternoon, the Royals lined up at Harry Murch park to welcome home another hometown hero: Air Force Colonel Kevin Kennedy.
Kennedy, escorted by three police cars, a fire truck, and two ambulances was surprised by family, friends and the rest of the Georgetown community after serving a one-year tour in Afghanistan.
"This turnout is outstanding, it says a lot about the town and how they support our military," said Kennedy, who has served 22 years. "Coming back to a welcome like that is a little overwhelming, but that's alright. I have two sons that play in the baseball leagues in town and it's great to see that the high school team won it all. It's pretty impressive."
Humbled by Kennedy's kind words, Georgetown baseball coach Justin Spurr says that this event was simply about giving back to the community.
"I made sure [the players] all walked up to him and said thank you because he's a big supporter of the youth program and what we're all about," Spurr said. "It's good for the kids to see something like this. In all that they do and what they want, it's just good to see why they can actually do it."
Kennedy will serve on the Air Staff come mid-July at the Pentagon.
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