Valley Soldier Returns Home to a Friday Night Football Surprise

August 19, 2010 11:36:16 AM PDT
This is Major James Reed's first football game of the season. So, what better way to welcome him back to Laton High School than with a special ceremony at halftime.Army Major James Reed was deployed to Iraq nine months ago. He's been back for less than two weeks. And at Laton High School's football game Friday night, Reed was given a hero's homecoming.

"I'm glad to work here. I'm proud of these kids and teachers and what they've done and I'm just happy to be back on the job," said Reed.

Reed has been Laton High School's principal for three years. Last fall, he was called up from the Army Reserve. While serving for the military police at Camp Victory in Baghdad, John Martin, the school's former vice principal, came out of retirement to take his place.

"I was a little worried with him over there and he's very good administrator and I've learned stuff from him and I was happy I could keep the place moving forward," said Martin.

In a town of 1300, and a school with less than 200 students, Reed is known as a hometown hero. A title his students say is well deserved.

Reed was actually released early. He was supposed to be in Iraq until January. He says this will likely be his last deployment.

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