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A surprise mission: Navy officer reunites with family

Navy Petty Officer Bryan Gomez-Trujillo left for a 10-month mission in the Middle East and wasn’t expected home until Christmas.

Or so his family thought.

Two weeks after Operation Enduring Freedom was completed for 21-year-old Bryan, his flight home to Denver landed today, and he headed straight for St. Bernadette School in Lakewood to surprise his two unsuspecting younger siblings.

His brother, fourth-grader Joseph Trujillo, and sister, kindergartner Peyton Trujillo, were so surprised to see him, they were speechless.

The siblings were taking a contrived Spanish lesson with classmates in the cafeteria when a procession of Knights of Columbus in regalia marched in, parted and the uniformed Navy man walked in with open arms and a wide smile.

Peyton immediately wrapped her arms around him, standing on her tip-toes. She wouldn’t let go.

“They had no idea,” Bryan said. “Once she saw me she got excited.”

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Joseph reached around his brother with both arms as teachers and students applauded the reunion.

It was a joyous welcome home for Bryan.

Read the full story in the Nov. 27 Denver Catholic Register.





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