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VIDEO: WCCO -- Father Home from Iraq Surprises Daugther at Game



10/15/07
By John Lauriten, WCCO

Michael Mirza has been away from his family for the past year, serving his country in Iraq His deployment has been hard, especially on his daughter Jordan, who he surprised Monday night
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John Lauritsen, Reporting

(WCCO) Forest Lake, Minn
-- Specialist Michael Mirza has been away from his family for the past year, serving his country in Iraq His deployment has been hard on everyone, especially his daughter Jordan, a volleyball player for White Bear Central

"She is my everything She is my world I can't wait to see her again If you have a kid you know," said Michael

What Jordan didn't know until Monday afternoon is that her father had returned home safely So Michael decided to surprise her at her junior high volleyball game

When he showed up on the volleyball court, the game took an abrupt stop and every one in the gymnasium cheered

"I missed you so much," said Jordan, while embracing her father

After a long embrace that trumped any match point, the game eventually resumed Jordan once again became a volleyball player, while Michael became his daughter's biggest fan

"She's got a really good serve," said Michael, while cheering on his daughter

White Bear Central would lose to Forest Lake but none of that seemed to matter This father and daughter were already catching up on lost time

"I remember every other weekend I used to see him and then I missed him so much when he left You never know what have until it's gone," said Jordan

Michael is part of the 1st Battalion, 194th Regiment that returned home Monday He spent the past year in Iraq training police and providing security

Michael said the best news he has heard since coming home is that Jordan is getting straight A's in school The two planned on going to Applebee's to celebrate the homecoming and Jordan's birthday which was earlier this month
Article source: http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_288223553.html



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