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WATCH: Soldier Dad makes surprise appearance at father/daughter softball game

BRIDGEPORT, Ala. (WHNT) - Some moments are so good they're hard to explain in words.   One of those happened Wednesday night when a soldier and father returned from Afghanistan to surprise his children at a special father/daughter softball game.

WHNT News 19 spoke with him before the special moment.

"It definitely made me nervous because I hadn't seen my kids in so long, but I'm definitely ready to see them," said National Guard Specialist Steven Garner.

The game was at Charlie Smiths Field in Bridgeport, in upper northeast Alabama.  Specialist Garner walked on the field at a special moment during the game.  His daughter Jaycee saw him and immediately ran into his arms.

"Whatcha doing baby girl?  Whatcha doing?" he said as Jaycee's tears poured down her cheeks.

Jaycee's coach, Jeff Grider, helped organize the game.

"It reminds you how good it is to live in such a small town, where everybody means so much to each other," said Grider.

Jaycee has two brothers, ages 2 and 1.

Specialist Garner was gone for 11 months, serving in Afghanistan with the 1151st Engineer Company.  The group returned to Huntsville on Tuesday evening.

Filed in: Northeast Alabama

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