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Firefighters help Army veteran accomplish heart warming, surprise homecoming


Firefighters from National City, Calif., invited Erika Salazar and her 9-year-old son, Sebastian to the fire station Monday. Little did they know, Salazar’s boyfriend, whose been working as a civilian in Afghanistan for more than a year, had staged the entire event.

Tim Gomez is a Army veteran, serving for more than 30 years, but it also appears he’s part practical joker.

Gomez and Salazar were working on a surprise for the Sebastian in August. But Tim, who was working overseas as a Department of Defense civilian, decided to flip the script and surprise them both.

According to ABC 10 News, while Gomez was overseas, his girlfriend and son developed a unique relationship with the National City Fire Department because the young boy gave the fire department a U.S. flag flown in Afghanistan that Tim had given him.

National City firefighters invited Salazar and her son to the station saying it was a special meal with the firemen. During that time, firefighters had Gomez dress up as a firefighter with a mask.

They staged a fake news conference and had the mother and son come over and watch. They invited Sebastian over to meet their “newest firefighter.” Then Gomez took off his fireman’s mask for the big surprise.

ABC 10 News reports, the surprise brought his girlfriend to tears and left her nearly speechless.

“I’m glad he’s home,” she said.


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