Kenneth Stahl serves as a private in the national guard. He has been away for eleven months and been deployed across the Middle East including Iraq, Syria and Kuwait. Kenneth is twenty years old and has his whole life ahead of him.
But he hasn’t forgotten who he is and where he came from. He’s just been accepted in Fairmont State University and so was able to return home early.
The Stahl family had no idea though.
It was the perfect opportunity for a surprise. As proud as parents are of their sons enlisting and going off in a foreign land, the risks involved are all too real. Not to mention the separation anxiety and loneliness that comes with it.
Nancy and Richard Stahl surely worried about their son during his eleven months in the middle east.
Surprising family members when coming home from deployment gets the creative juices flowing. One quick search and you will find hundreds of videos of soldiers coming home to shock their families in different scenarios.
Kenneth decided to give mom and dad a little scare.
No one likes being pulled over by the cops.
And no one ever admits they were going a few miles over the speed limit or that they swerved or forgot to use their turn signals. No one.
That’s exactly what happened. Nancy and Richard were out driving in Fairmont, West Virginia when a cop car began tailing them and eventually asked the couple to pull over to the side.
“I thought it was a speeding ticket, but when the cop came up to the door he says, ‘we smell something from your car or something like that,’ We’re going to need you guys to get out he said,’ and I was like ‘what was going on?’ Next thing I knew I saw Kenneth and I just flew to him.”
Imagine the mini heart attack.
The police officer walks up to the window and asks the couple to step out and walk over to the squad car.
Kenneth timed it perfectly. As mom and dad walked up to the vehicle, he steps out of the rear passenger seat in his uniform.
Kenneth tells WBOY,
“I’m trying to spend a lot of time with my family right now. You have family back when your deployed and stuff. Soldiers are your family, you just always have to remember that you have family back here too that cares as much as they do.”
Richard looks stunned. He cannot seem to believe his eyes but Nancy screams and runs to her son, embracing him with her husband while the cops and Kenneth’s brother, also named Richard, recorded the beautiful reunion roadside.
Kudos to the Fairmont Police Department for helping out a soldier!
This soldier is right. At the end of the day, it’s all about family. But he did give his parents a scary moment with this stunt. Great way to deliver operation shock and awe.
Watch this surprise pull over reunion below!
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