TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Smith County army mom and widow got just the lift she needed on what would have been a somber anniversary.
"When I saw flags, I knew he had to be coming in," said Leisa Geddie, mother of Private First Class Bryan Woodall.
"I'm pretty much dead for not telling her I'm coming home," joked Woodall.
Army Pfc. Bryan Woodall is back after nearly nine months in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
"It gets tough over there. You feel like no one is back here supporting you except for your family. You walk in and see all these people, it lifts your heart a lot," said Woodall.
Thanks to volunteers with Welcome Home Soldiers, Private Woodall got a surprise of his own.
Five years ago, Leisa Geddie's husband and Bryan's step-father, Constable Dale Geddie responded to a domestic disturbance call. He was shot and died in the line of duty.
"I try to make this day special 'cause it's been tough for us since he died. Apparently, it's working pretty good," added Woodall.
Now, this self-proclaimed mama's boy is home to soak up her love.
Lisa Geddie, who is a Tyler ISD police officer, was able to make it out to see her son as soon as he landed, thanks to her partner who schemed a patrol out there.