Triplet kindergarteners Carson, Langston and Jordyn, and third-grader Jaymon received a special surprise at school Monday.
Their mom, Carmelissa Rhodes, joined them at a special "mystery reader" assembly at Bradt Primary School to read "Hero Dad" by Melinda Hardin, but that was just the first of two family guest appearances for the children. When their mom finished the story, their own "Hero Dad," Sgt. 1st Class William C. Rhodes, appeared in the school cafeteria after nearly a year deployed overseas with the Army National Guard.
Rhodes, who shipped out to Kuwait on June 9, 2022, got down on one knee and embraced his emotional children before Assemblyman Angelo Santabara, D-Rotterdam, presented him with a flag and special citation for his service.