Deployed father returns home early to surprise his son at school


Jeremy Burgess deployed to Southeast Asia back in October, and he wasn’t supposed to come home until February. Then, he found out he was coming home early. 

Merri Ann Burgess decided not to tell their oldest son, Alexander. She set up the perfect moment to surprise the fifth grader at Morris Avenue Intermediate School in Opelika, AL.

During Alexander’s lunch, Tech Sergeant Burgess walked through the school doors. 

“He had no clue I was back,” said Burgess. “Did you?” He asked his son.

“No, no idea. I never saw any suspicious-ness. At all,” Alexander said laughing.

Alexander said he had actually dreamed of this moment. 

“It was kind of like this- he’s like, I was at school and he just came in and I was just speechless.”

While deployed, Burgess missed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and both of his sons’ birthdays.

“It’s really tough to miss out on the holidays and miss out on those things, but it’s part of the job and it’s what we do,” he said, adding how grateful their family is for new technology. They used FaceTime to keep their father a part of all the festivities.

Alexander said he knew why his dad had to leave, and that he plans to follow along in his dad’s footsteps.

Until then, the family has some quality time planned, and Alexander has big plans for his dad. He said they’re going to play basketball using the new goal he received for his birthday.

“I bet I’ve played on it an hour a day, so I just really miss him and want him to shoot basketballs with me.”

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