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5/5/08-Tyler

My Father The Hero

It has been a happy few days for Haleigh Svatek.

Her softball season began and one of her biggest fans was there: Her father, Air Force Captain Darrell Svatek who just came home from Iraq on Saturday.

Captain Svatek threw out the first pitch to daughter Haleigh to start the season. KLTV was with the family when the captain arrived home Saturday.

Dad has not been able to watch Haleigh play in almost a year.

"I got a little part of the summer and then we left in the early part of the fall and just got back," Captain Svatek said of Haleigh's last season. "Coming out here, it's been really great to get her started in another season and get to watch her play this time."

"I'm really, really excited," Haleigh smiled. "This is one of the few chances he gets to watch me play."

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