EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - The parents of Army Sgt. Mark Ecker have gotten back one oftheir son's most prized possessions -- his dog tags -- thanks to agood Samaritan.
After the Ecker's lost their son Mark in a weekend car crash,they thought they lost his dog tags too.
“That’s one of the first things we noticed whenwe visited him in the hospital, that he didn’t have his dogtags on,” Mark Ecker Sr. said.
The Army Sergeant served two tours in Iraq. While serving in2007, the 23 year-old lost his legs in a bomb blast. And while inbattle, his best friend died in his arms.
Ecker's dog tags meant the world to him, but were torn offhis body in an accident along Route 93 in Andover on Friday night.
When fellow New Hampshire army veteran Steve Boyson heard ofthe family's loss, he felt compelled to help.
“I felt it was the right thing to do. It wasn't farfrom my house. I parked off 93 and searched the area,” Boysonsaid.
He found one of the tags, a police officer found theother.
On Monday, the Ecker's took back their son's treasure.
“This means a lot,” Ecker Sr. said. “Itpulled on my heart strings tremendously.”
Funeral arrangements are set for Friday and Saturday, where alarge number of people are expected. Meanwhile, a private burialwill be held on Monday at the Veterans Cemetery in Agawam.