On Saturday, July 29 the Waupun and Beaver Dam Fire Departments, Waupun Police Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s Cadets and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office had the honor of helping with a military family reunion.
Eugene (Gene) Sanders is a member of the Army National Guard and returned home
after a 10-month deployment overseas. Amy Sanders contacted the Dodge County Sheriff's Office and asked if they would help surprise her son, Miles Sherden, with the return of her husband and stepdad. Miles is a member of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Cadet program and the Beaver Dam Fire Department Explorer program. He has been a great addition and strong supporter of law enforcement and firefighters.
Amy's plan started with convincing Miles that she was going out to lunch with another family member. Her actual plan, however, was to pick up Gene from Truax Field and bring him home. When they returned to Waupun, members of the Waupun Fire Department had turnout gear for him to put on, and they all lined up. Then, they drove to their home activating lights and sirens along the way. When they arrived, Miles stepped outside to see what was going on, totally unaware that there was a special fireman that wanted to talk with him.
Everyone gathered in the driveway, and Gene stepped forward while the other firefighters stepped to the side. Miles paused and then suddenly realized who the special fireman was standing in front of him. The emotional reunion came together with a hug and plenty of excitement.
All of us are thankful for the sacrifice our military members make to serve our country and communities.