Oklahoma soldier surprises kids for Father's Day - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Oklahoma soldier surprises kids for Father's Day

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Okla. (NBC) - Friday marked a special homecoming for one Oklahoma soldier. He made it home just in time for Father's Day to surprise his children.

Everyday, families walk through the gates of an Oklahoma zoo. On this day, two kids were inside not knowing they'll see far more than animals.

Sgt. First Class Eric Denning is boots on the ground after deployment in Kuwait. It's been eight months since he's seen his kids, Emily, 9, and Jason, 7.

"They think I'm still on a plane. They think I'm just now leaving Kuwait," Denning said.

The zoo set up a treasure hunt and the last clue was where the kids could find their father. Denning waited for a while because, as one zoo staffmember puts it, the kids were "having a good time."

Denning wasn't sure how they would react, but when the reveal actually came Emily wouldn't let go.

The day was also Jason's seventh birthday so it was extra special.

  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious, talking

    Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious, talking

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-09-15 01:40:42 GMT
    With the deadly ambush on a state police barracks in the Pocono Mountains, law enforcement in eastern Pennsylvania went on high alert and officers from throughout the region, including New York and New Jersey,...[more]
    A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.[more]
  • 10 Things to Know for Monday

    10 Things to Know for Monday

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-09-15 01:10:46 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:[more]
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:[more]
  • An emotional Beyonce, Jay Z end tour in Paris

    An emotional Beyonce, Jay Z end tour in Paris

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-09-15 01:10:32 GMT
    An emotional Beyonce was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their "On the Run" stadium tour in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago.[more]
    An emotional Beyonce was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their "On the Run" stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago.[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.