Keller Citizen

Keller soldier surprises his three children with return home

Master Sgt. Jeremy Freeman hugs his daughter Makenzie, 13, after surprising her at Trinity Springs Middle School on Nov. 9 after returning home from a tour in Afghanistan. His wife April and son Stanley, 10, are in the background.
Master Sgt. Jeremy Freeman hugs his daughter Makenzie, 13, after surprising her at Trinity Springs Middle School on Nov. 9 after returning home from a tour in Afghanistan. His wife April and son Stanley, 10, are in the background. Special to the Star-Telegram

A soldier from Keller surprised his three children at their schools Wednesday, returning home from a nearly seven month deployment to Afghanistan.

Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Freeman landed at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and went to his kids’ schools where he was greeted by squeals of joy and hugs.

“It was a blast,” Jeremy said of the surprise. “They didn’t think I was coming home for two weeks.”

April, his wife of 18 years, said it was hard keeping the “surprise for weeks,” but said it paid off in a big way.

“I was, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ ” April said. “It was exciting and emotional to see them surprised.”

Jeremy, a jet engine mechanic who also served a four-month tour in England, will be stationed locally. He plans to retire from the service next year.

Freeman showed up during a pep rally and signing day assembly at Timber Creek High School to surprise his oldest daughter, Lauryn, 16, a junior on the Lady Falcons basketball team.

“She was really emotional,” April said.

The Freeman’ youngest son, Stanley, 10, a fifth-grader at Trinity Meadows Intermediate, attended the pep rally and also came scrambling down from the bleachers to greet his father with a huge hug.

“He threw all of his stuff down and came running,” Jeremy said.

Daughter Makenzie, 13, an eighth-grader at Trinity Springs Middle School, also got a surprise visit at school.

“She saw him and took off running and jumped into his arms,” April said.

The Freemans said it was a wonderful day.

“We celebrated by going out to Chili’s [Grill & Bar],” Jeremy said.

The Fort Worth couple, both 37, were high school sweethearts in Cleveland, Tenn.

“We married soon after high school,” April said, adding, “This was one of our best days ever.”

All three children were worried they were not going to see their father at Thanksgiving. But they’ll be enjoying a traditional dinner with family.

“We’re going to celebrate at my mom’s in Cleveland,” Jeremy said.

Marty Sabota: 817-390-7367, @martysabota

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