BERLIN, N.J. (WTXF) - A south Jersey fire company welcomed home one of their longtime volunteers as he returned from a 9-month deployment.
Quite the homecoming surprise here in south Jersey. You know, the kind where you have a few of those happy tears.
They missed Sargent Jason Stott here at the Blackwood Fire Company, where he has been a longtime volunteer. So, they wanted to make it special after a 9-month tour in the Middle East.
On this sunny Thanksgiving day, a crowd grew in this South Jersey town. The police and fire department unfolded and hoisted a massive American flag.
At the same time, there was an emotional reunion at Philly International Airport.
Sargent Jason Stott was greeted by his immediate family...a welcome surprise after he spent 9 months in Kuwait.
Back in Blackwood, friends, family and the fire department were ready when he was escorted back into the neighborhood.
“You never know what the turnout is going to be you never know if they're going to come back or not so I'm glad to see that he's home. It's a nice day to do it on Thanksgiving,” said Andrea Barel from the Firefighters auxiliary.
And this was a surprise, a thankful gathering, Sargent Stott was back on home soil. He got married last December and was deployed 3 weeks later as part of a military supply and support company for the Army Reserves.
“It's hard it really is and it does make you appreciate every day having your loved one come home,” said Sargent Stott’s wife, Susan.
Sargent Stott was overwhelmed by the hometown greeting, and the fact that the U.S. Military worked so hard to get the servicemen and women home from Kuwait; a process that normally takes 7 to 20 days.
“The community is very proud of him we all love Jason and Susie and his family and dog and he is serving his community and country for a long time he's a great person,” Said volunteer firefighter Mike Simone.