Old Saybrook Police

4-Year-Old Boy Battling Cancer Makes Visit to Old Saybrook Police Officers Raising Money For Him

The Old Saybrook Police Department is helping raise money for 4-year-old Sean McDonnell with an alteration to their usual uniform.

Old Saybrook Police are sporting a special uniform this summer to help support a 4-year-old boy who is fighting cancer.

Sean McDonnell was greeted by police lights and sirens. He had a special escort into the police department. He ate ice cream, met the police dog and even spent some time in jail.

"It really is overwhelming," said George Mcdonnell, Sean’s dad. "They’ve really rallied around Sean and our family."

"Sean has been an absolute warrior through all this, through all the treatment," he added.

Sean is undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer. Old Saybrook Police have been there every step of the way. They organized "Shorts 4 Sean." They donate $5 to the family each day they wear shorts, polos and baseball caps as part of their uniforms. The police union is matching their donations, and they’re also collecting money online.

"He’s an incredibly brave kid, and that’s why he’s our hero and we’re so glad that he joined our ranks today," said Chief Michael Spera.  “Sean and his brother were sworn in as official junior members of the Old Saybrook Police Department.”

They have already raised more than $10,000 and hope to double that by the end of August.

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