Air Force dad surprises son at baseball game
Dennis Smikle surprised his son at baseball practice in Royal Palm Beach, returning from 6-months serving overseas in the U.S. Air Force.
ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. - It's a surprise seven-year-old Ian Smikle never saw coming.
At his Royal Palm Beach baseball practice Sunday, his dad surprised him with a homecoming after a six month deployment in Kyrgystan.
"I'm about to greet my son for the first time in six months and he has no idea," Dennis Smikle, who serves in the Air Force, said.
Smikle's wife Olivia says it was the coach's idea.
"The coach asked me when my husband was coming home and I told him the day and he said I will take it from there," Olivia Smikle said.
So after baseball practice on Sunday, Ian got the surprise of a lifetime.
With tears of joy, he shouted out, "Daddy!"
"I didn't know Daddy was going to be here on the baseball field. It was a good treat. I really liked it," Ian Smikle said.
His father says the look on his son's face was priceless.
"I saw his reaction. I wouldn't trade that for the world. It was great," Smikle said.
After three deployments, the family is reunited again.
Parenting three children alone has been a lot of Olivia Smikle.
She says she couldn't have done it without the baseball team called the Thunders.
"They have been supportive the entire six months my husband has been gone. They have gone overboard and beyond what is expected," Olivia Smikle said.
Dennis Smikle says he actually got back into the United States on Friday, but had to first check in at his Air Force base in Homestead before coming home.