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North Shore-LIJ Army Vet Hurls First Pitch at Mets' Game

Pitcher Bartolo Colon takes note as Donald Grande takes the mound.
Pitcher Bartolo Colon takes note as Donald Grande takes the mound.

Donald Grande, an emergency medical technician at Syosset-based North Shore-LIJ Center for Emergency Medical Services, threw out the first pitch at Wednesday's New York Mets' game. Pitcher Bartolo Colon looked on.

Grande returned to work last fall after a nearly year-long stint with the U.S. Army Reserves in Bahrain. 

Nearly 10,000 North Shore-LIJ employees and family members cheered him on at the game. They were there courtesy of health system trustee and Mets' president Saul Katz, who donated the tickets.

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