Kentucky soldier surprises brother at middle school

Elizabethtown soldier surprises 11-year-old brother at school

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - Army Reserve Specialist Christian Cruz of Elizabethtown returned from a 10-month deployment at Guantanamo with plans to surprise his family.

But those plans did not work out as expected.

Cruz said his commander inadvertently spilled the beans about his homecoming by calling Cruz’s mother.

His older brother then met him at the airport.

Cruz was worried he might embarrass his little brother, but that worry quickly turned to excitement. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Cruz was worried he might embarrass his little brother, but that worry quickly turned to excitement. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Cruz’s younger brother, 11-year-old Bryan Finn, was the only one left to surprise.

“I feel like he’s going to be more embarrassed than surprised,” Cruz said, "because he doesn’t deal with embarrassment too much or surprises very well.”

Cruz’s concerns proved unnecessary in a hallway at Bluegrass Middle School as Bryan, a sixth grader, began running as soon as he saw Cruz and jumped up to give him a big hug.

It was a heartwarming moment for the military policeman who’s still getting used to being back home.

“Weird. Honestly, it’s weird. I’m not used to it,” Cruz said. “Driving through E-town, it’s odd. I’m used to seeing not a lot of green. So, it’s odd.”

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