An emotional reunion of a soldier and his family took place at a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game Thursday night. Master Sergeant Chris Mckeen has served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, and has been deployed multiple times.
This time, he decided to surprise his kids with his arrival at a local hockey game.
During one of the game’s break between periods, his kids, Katelyn and C.J. Mckeen were brought onto the ice to participate in an intermission game. With the lights dimmed, their father stepped into the light and onto the ice, shocking his kids so much that Katelyn was brought to her knees in tears.
The family lingered in a tight embrace that tugs at the heart strings.
“I’m just extremely grateful that I get to come back to my family safe and get to see them. It was just absolutely wonderful,” MSgt. McKeen said.
“I just dropped. I didn’t know what to do,” Katelyn Mckeen told reporters.