ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — US Army Major Thomas Flynn went from serving his country in Korea, to surprising his family in his return home with the help of the Round Rock Police Department.
“We’re here to surprise my kids,” said Major Flynn in a video posted by the Round Rock Police Department on their Facebook page.
“They don’t know I’m at home yet,” he went on to say.
The video was posted Tuesday night. It hows the emotional reunion and which is causing a buzz on social media. The video had more than 30,000 views by Wednesday evening.
In the video, Major Flynn joins a Rock Rock patrol officer as they pull over his family. The officer pretends to give them a ticket. That’s when Major Flynn jumps out of the police cruiser, walks up to a red pickup, and opens the door. His children, surprised, jump out of the truck and into their father’s arms.
“It was very powerful,” said Flynn’s 6-year-old daughter Kendra.
She was the first to see her dad. “I felt like my heart literally leaped out of my chest,” she said.
Major Flynn said surprising his family makes up for not having seen them for a year while away in Korea serving in the US Army 2nd Infantry Division.
“It was pretty awesome to see them just shriek and cry and then just sprint over to me,” he said.
The officer who helped pull off the stunt was veteran Officer Jim Bell. He’s grateful to have taken part in the reunion.
“Coming home is a very special time, and coming home to a family and surprising them like that, that’s even better,” said Officer Bell.
He considers himself a tough cop. “Real men don’t cry, so it takes a lot to get me to cry,” he said, not afraid to admit he shed a few tears watching Major Flynn’s daughters jump into their daddy’s arms.