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"He's my hero," Coast Guard father surprises kids at school


ADA, OK- Many people were reaching for a Kleenex as a father reunited with his family. Petty Officer Jason Sapp surprised his kids at school Monday morning.

The surprise homecoming happened at the Ada Early Childhood Center in the 300 Block of West 33rd Street in Ada. The surprise took a month to get organized.

For the first time in six months Petty Officer Jason Sapp is getting to see all three of his kids.

"It's just crazy seeing how much they've grown. Six months. It's been a long time," said Sapp.

In the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer Sapp has been serving overseas in the central Caribbean Gulf. Being away isn't easy.

"It's really hard. There's no other words to describe it," said Sapp.

Seeing the excitement on his kids faces was priceless.

"It was hard to hold back," said Sapp.

Four year old Briley, clinging onto to her father, who says he's looking forward to some time well spent with his family.

"It's just good to slow down and relax and be with my family," said Sapp.

Hunter, the youngest son says he's happy his dad is home so they can go back to playing with one another.

"Sometimes we play with Legos," said Hunter Sapp.

For a month the surprise homecoming was planned by Sapp's wife and the teachers.

"I told the kids that I was going to go see opa which is my grandpa but they call him opa so that's where they thought I was," said Alexandria Sapp.

A secret that was hard to keep, but worth not telling.

"It was very emotional. I tore up and choked up. I've been waiting all day and all night. The past six months really," said Sapp.

After the big surprise Petty Officer Sapp read to both classes as his kids sat beside him.

"It's a about a dog and the coast guard," said Hunter.

To end the fun Petty Officer Sapp was thanked for his service and the kids honored him with a song.

A sweet homecoming that'll never be forgotten.

"It's just been, I don't know. It's kind of hard to put into one word but it's patriotic. It's what America's about. I just feel proud of him. He's my hero," said Sapp.