Community arranges surprise homecoming to reunite military couple

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- A surprise homecoming reunites a family after spending months apart. Their community steps in, to give an army wife a moment of pure joy.

Sergeant Brad LaFrenier of Bloomsburg was deployed in March. When he got his orders to head home, he wanted to do something special for his wife, so he recruited some secret helpers.


"He called and we got to make this big... We've got to surprise Melanie... I've never surprised her, I've always surprised the kids," said Denise Baney, Childcare Director at SVCDC.

The teachers at Susquehanna Valley Child Development Center played along Friday morning, as they brought their classes outside for a fire safety presentation. Everyone knew what was coming, except for Melanie LaFrenier. Her fellow teachers had teamed up with lime ridge firefighters for a special surprise.

"First we got their attention with the fire truck," said John Cope, with Lime Ridge Fire Co.

The plan was in the works for about a month.


"She had no idea," said Baney.

The teachers used fire safety month as a way to get all the school together to pull off the surprise.


"Let's get him dressed up as a firefighter... Let's take the helmet off and there he'll be," said Baney.

And the plan went perfectly.


"Shock! I can't... Surprise... I have no clue," said Melanie LaFrenier.

Brad had been deployed to Kuwait in March, and wasn't supposed to come home until Christmas.

"Speechless... Oh my god i can't believe it. And relieved," said LeFrenier.

Brad's been deployed four times during their marriage, and Melanie says it never gets easier.


"You still worry and you're still concerned. And you still miss him... He's my best friend. And i missed my best friend," said LaFrenier.

As for those who were behind the big reveal...


"It was a joy to see that," said Cope.


"They're an amazing couple and they deserve all the credit in the world for their sacrifices," said Baney.

 

 


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