Mother receives special gift

Sandy Frondek sure won’t forget her 50th birthday party.

“When he took off the mask, I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe he made it here for me,” the Brookville woman said.

Sandy was the last of 14 fans who got the chance to throw out a first pitch at Saturday night’s Altoona Curve vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats game at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Little did she know her son, Air Force Staff Sgt. George Frondek IV, was dressed in catcher’s gear and handling the first pitches.

“Every year, my sister [Amanda] and I talk about what to do for mom’s birthday. We collaborated with family and friends, and we pulled it together,” George Frondek IV said.

“I wanted to make sure I could get it to the catcher. I had no idea I was throwing it to my son,” Sandy Frondek said.

Her husband, George Frondek III, said he was excited the family could pull off the surprise.

“It was hard keeping it a secret. She said to me last week, ‘You didn’t even get me a birthday card,'” George Frondek III said.

The Altoona Curve was pleased to participate in the birthday surprise.

“We are proud to host something like this. Her son has served our country so bravely. To reunite them in such a fashion is special, and we are honored to be part of it,” said General Manager Rob Egan. “We were approached by the family. We were asked if we would consider it, and we said ‘absolutely.'”

George Frondek IV has been in the service for five years and recently spent five months in Kuwait. He will return to McChord Air Force Base in Washington next week.