FREEPORT (WREX) — A student in Freeport gets a big surprise Wednesday at school.
U.S. Navy serviceman Anthony Schmitz surprised his daughter at Empire Elementary School. The reunion comes after Schmitz hadn’t seen his daughter in more than a year.
Schmitz said during his time home the family will take a mini vacation and go to Chicago for a couple of days.
“It’s been too long. Over a year is too long,” Schmitz said. “But it’s kind of hard to get back over here so while I had the chance, I had to get back over here.”
Schmitz will be home for a week before he heads back to Japan until October.