A Soldier's Surprise Return - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

A Soldier's Surprise Return

PASCO, Wash. - On Monday a soldier returned home, but his family had no clue. NBC Right Now was at the Tri-Cities Airport where one soldier gave his grandparents the surprise of a lifetime.

It was like a scene from a movie and something the Robertson family didn't see coming. Operation Thank You is a group of locals who welcome home soldiers from war. The Roberstons have been volunteering with the group for a while. Today, they were told a soldier was coming in that they needed to welcome, but they didn't expect to see their grandson Darrell who was returning home from Afghanistan. Darrell wanted to make sure his arrival was a surprise.

"I can't describe it," said his grandmother. "Because as he came into view and I was looking more and more I thought it looks like Darrell."

His grandmother went on to tell us that she thought she was welcoming home one of Darrell's friends. His arrival was completely unexpected and it left his grandparents in shock. and wiping away tears of happiness.

This story was written by Don Granese, News Reporter

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Thursday, October 18 2018 2:45 PM EDT2018-10-18 18:45:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>
  • Spokane dealing with blue ash aphid invasion

    Spokane dealing with blue ash aphid invasion

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:43:56 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Feel like you have to keep swatting bugs away when you've been walking outside this week? What you might be calling gnats, are really blue ash aphids. And right now they are more active than ever, because it's mating season. KHQ met a couple who noticed the blue ash aphids right when they started their walk in the park. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Feel like you have to keep swatting bugs away when you've been walking outside this week? What you might be calling gnats, are really blue ash aphids. And right now they are more active than ever, because it's mating season. KHQ met a couple who noticed the blue ash aphids right when they started their walk in the park. 

    >>
  • Texas police identify woman, child in doorbell video

    Texas police identify woman, child in doorbell video

    Thursday, October 18 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-10-19 02:50:01 GMT

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities in Texas say a woman who left a toddler alone on a stranger's doorstep could face charges of felony child endangerment.

    >>

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities in Texas say a woman who left a toddler alone on a stranger's doorstep could face charges of felony child endangerment.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

    Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

    Friday, October 19 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-10-19 05:30:29 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - President Donald Trump is defending Republican congressman Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter who asked him a question last year.    At a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday, Trump said, "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy."

    >>

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - President Donald Trump is defending Republican congressman Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter who asked him a question last year.    At a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday, Trump said, "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy."

    >>
  • Candlelight vigil to be held on Sunday for teenage shooting victim, Eddie Daniels

    Candlelight vigil to be held on Sunday for teenage shooting victim, Eddie Daniels

    Friday, October 19 2018 1:12 AM EDT2018-10-19 05:12:56 GMT

    A vigil is scheduled for Eddie Daniels, a 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday. The memorial will be at 115 E. Pacific Avenue in Spokane. It's open to the public and free to attend. Donations will be collected for Daniel's family to help with funeral costs. "All donations are going to the family, to mom, to help for any need acquired through this tragedy," Christ Hart, an organizer, said. The vigil is also organized by Jeff Ross, the City Life...

    >>

    A vigil is scheduled for Eddie Daniels, a 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday. The memorial will be at 115 E. Pacific Avenue in Spokane. It's open to the public and free to attend. Donations will be collected for Daniel's family to help with funeral costs. "All donations are going to the family, to mom, to help for any need acquired through this tragedy," Christ Hart, an organizer, said. The vigil is also organized by Jeff Ross, the City Life...

    >>
  • Coeur d'Alene Police investigating school shooting threat made on Snapchat

    Coeur d'Alene Police investigating school shooting threat made on Snapchat

    Friday, October 19 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-10-19 05:04:39 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police are investigating a reported school shooting threat at Coeur d'Alene High School. A spokesperson for the district said that the threat was written on a napkin and shared  on Snapchat. It says: "CHS school shooting 10-19-18. Be ready." Police tell us that while they are still investigating whether the threat is credible, they do not believe the CHS that the note mentions is referring to Coeur d'Alene High School.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police are investigating a reported school shooting threat at Coeur d'Alene High School. A spokesperson for the district said that the threat was written on a napkin and shared  on Snapchat. It says: "CHS school shooting 10-19-18. Be ready." Police tell us that while they are still investigating whether the threat is credible, they do not believe the CHS that the note mentions is referring to Coeur d'Alene High School.

    >>