Air Force father surprises son at Long Island high school after 7-month deployment

Posted at 4:54 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 16:59:12-05

LEVITTOWN, NY – A Military father surprised his son at his Long Island high school after a 7-month deployment, and their heartwarming reunion was captured on camera.

Air Force Technical Sgt. Kelvin Rodriguez told his wife and two sons that he would be home in March. But he shocked them all Tuesday morning with his early arrival, first surprising his wife, then his eight-year-old son E.J. and finally his 15-year-old son Amani at Division Avenue High School.

Rodriguez planned the homecoming with some help from the school’s principal who called Amani to his office, worrying the ninth grader.

"My wife was outside and she goes like, ‘Amani I received a phone call saying that I had to come over here,’ and he was concerned," Rodriguez told PIX11 News. "Then the principal walked him in, which was the sign that he was right behind them, and then I was just standing there and that's when he saw me."

While Rodriguez has been in the Air Force for more than a decade, he said this absence was different because Amani is now older and needs a strong support system.

"It was a long embrace," Rodriguez said. "He did not want to let go and he is an emotional [person]."

Rodriguez says he will be home in Levittown, N.Y. for the foreseeable future. The whole family will be traveling together to New Zealand and Australia in April.