Soldier who hadn't seen family in 10 months returns home, surprises family

Posted: Updated:

A soldier who was stationed in Djibouti, Africa surprised his family by returning home to New Jersey Sunday evening.

Christopher Romeo, of Hardyston, hadn't seen his family since Feb. 4.

Romeo says he started planning the way he wanted to return home when he saw his town's fire department going on its annual Santa run to deliver presents to children. Knowing he would be home in December, he kept in touch with members of the department while he was serving, so they could make the moment come to life.

Hardyston Fire Department Captain Kevin Fryer told Romeo's wife that Santa would drop off gifts for their three children for a story in the local paper on the department's Santa Run Sunday evening.

Mobile 12 captured footage of the fire trucks and homemade sled arriving outside Romeo's home.

Surrounded by friends and family, his children, Adrianna, Alanna and Brandon, receiving gifts from Santa- and then, emerging from the fire truck, the greatest surprise of all - Christopher Romeo.

The family tells News 12 they are most looking forward to having the opportunity to spend time together.

 

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."