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Deployed sailor surprises son at school in Union Co.

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A deployed sailor surprised his son on Friday morning after being stationed overseas for the past seven months.

According to school officials, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jermerick Rushing has been deployed with the United States Navy since August 2013.

His son, Drekius Tanner, is a 6th grader at East Union Middle School.

Corpsman Rushing and his wife, Richelle, wanted to surprise Drekius with his father's return, so they made plans to visit him at school.

Drekius was busy at work during his Language Arts class when principal Dr. Ken Hoover arrived to tell him he had a special visitor.

When Corpsman Rushing came to the door, Drekius leapt out of his seat and ran to his dad for a long over-due hug. School officials say it was a very touching moment, and the entire class applauded.

Corpsman Rushing traveled to Okinawa, Japan, South Korea, Mt. Fuji and Toyko during the time he was deployed. He returned home this week, where he is stationed at Camp Leujeune.

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