Army soldier reunites with children in surprise
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. -- A South Florida soldier executed a covert operation at two local schools: surprising his two young children, who had no idea he was coming home after completing a tour of duty overseas.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Corey Humphrey, who just returned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, said he had not seen his children, 6-year-old Corey, Jr. and 4-year-old Courtney, in a year and a half. "Oh, I'm excited I get to see my kids, just ready to go see them," he said right before the surprise reunions took place. "You miss a lot of the little things when you've been away from home."
Humphrey first paid a visit to Corey, Jr. 7News cameras captured the moment as the soldier sneaked up behind his son and lightly touched his ear several times before he turned around and jumped into his father's arms.
Corey, Jr.: "Daddy! I missed you."
Corey Humphrey: "I missed you too."
"It's very emotional, very emotional just to see the expression on his face and how happy he is to see his dad," said Fiona Johnson, assistant principal at the Riverland Campus of the Charter Schools of Excellence in Fort Lauderdale where Corey, Jr. is a student.
"Kids grow up so quick, especially when they're little," said Humphrey while his son had his arms around his neck. "You leave and one day, you come back, and they're like little men now."
Next, it was time to see Courtney, who was having lunch when she saw Humphrey approaching her.
Corey Humphrey: "Pooky Boo, how are you doing?"
Humphrey's daughter said he was "very" excited to see her father. "I love my daddy," she told a 7News reporter after Humphrey had swept her off her feet.
Reporter: "What do you want to do with Daddy?"
Courtney: "Hug him."
"I said she wouldn't recognize me because I'd gone away so long, but she recognized me," said Humphrey. "It's good. I'm ready to take them home now."
The Humphreys' next mission: an overdue trip to Walt Disney World.