LI company steps in to help Baldwin family who never received headstone for their dad

The family of William Hayes’ yearlong battle to get him a headstone is ending in victory, thanks in part to Sprung Monuments, who saw News 12’s coverage of the story and wanted to help.

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2023, 4:29 PM

Updated 368 days ago

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The owner of a West Babylon monument company is stepping in to assist a Baldwin family who were left waiting for a headstone that never came.
The family of William Hayes’ yearlong battle to get him a headstone is ending in victory, thanks in part to Sprung Monuments, who saw News 12’s coverage of the story and wanted to help.
“It saddened me to see. I make thousands of monuments for families for their eternal memory so I felt I could help them with their memories and put their heart at ease,” says Paul Hatch, of Sprung Monuments.
Hatch says it broke his heart when he saw Maureen McGhee and Jeanne Eschmann’s struggles to get the headstone for the Navy vet and FDNY firefighter. The family paid nearly $1,800 to Scheurer Monuments last May, but still had no headstone for their dad.
After a year of getting the run-around, the sisters shared their story with News 12. And on Saturday morning, the sisters met with Hatch an picked out a design. It will be done in about eight weeks.
“With so much going on in the world, you don't hear a lot of great stories out there today, and now all of the sudden all these people were trying to help us,” says Eschmann.
The sisters say they also got their money back from Scheurer Monuments after News 12’s story aired. Now they can look forward.
“I feel terrific. I feel we can finally put this whole issue to rest and give Dad what he deserves and we can move on,” says McGhee.


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