By Tom McGee
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 10:57 p.m.
Alicia Hruby received an unexpected early birthday gift.
Hruby, 15, of Monongahela is a patient in Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville, where she is awaiting a liver transplant. On Tuesday, she was greeted by Patrolman Scott Bailey, a part-time police officer in Aspinwall and Millvale, and nine officers from local departments who brought her patches and police paraphernalia.
Bailey met Hruby when officers from throughout the area delivered Christmas presents to patients at the hospital in December.
“She was saying she loves the police officers, and she thinks the police are real heroes. We were kind of taken aback by that,” Bailey said.
Hruby didn’t want the toys the officers brought. Instead, she wanted the patches from their uniform, which she collects. Bailey said several of the officers gave her their patches, but he wanted to do more.