PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A soldier who has been in Afghanistan since March made a surprise return home to Prestonsburg where he serves as a firefighter. The soldier surprised his whole community, but most importantly his wife, in the middle of the Jenny Wiley Festival parade.
With the help of a few friends from the Prestonsburg Fire Department, Army Specialist Joshua Miller, kept his arrival home from Afghanistan a secret. Miller says, "I've been waiting to get home since I got there."
As he hides out in a nearby hotel, the rest of Prestonsburg prepares for the parade...including his wife, Lesley, who thinks they are taking a group picture to send overseas to Miller.
Lesley does not even know her husband is back on American soil. "She still thinks I'm in Afghanistan," says Miller.
As the parade stops for the group picture in front of a fire truck, Lesley has no idea who is inside the truck. She screams, "You're home" as he steps out of the truck and hands her flowers.
Reunited with his wife after being away for more than seven months, his first words to her, "I am home and I love you."
Words she is glad to hear face to face, "Yes, finally, it has been a long time."
Miller also reunited with his second family, the Prestonsburg Fire Department. As he moves throughout the crowd receiving hugs, the phrase can be heard, "Welcome Home Boogie."
A proud wife, and a proud community...happy to have their soldier back.