SEVERN, Md. (WJZ) — There was more than lunch waiting in the cafeteria Friday for one Severn Elementary School student.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Elwin Crowner returned from his overseas deployment and drove straight from the airport to the school to surprise his son, Christian.

READ MORE: Video Shows Squeegee Worker Assaulting A Driver At Busy Baltimore Intersection

WJZ was there for the surprise reunion when Christian was starting his lunch. Shortly after he enters the cafeteria, his father swoops in for a hug, and the boy’s eyes go wide when he realizes who it is.


“What’s up, buddy? How ya doing?” Crowner can be heard asking his son. “I’m back!”

The pair then shared what we would imagine was a much-needed hug after spending so much time apart.

READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Tornado Watch Canceled For Maryland, Severe Thunderstorm Warning Remains

“I was excited. I knew it would be fun to come in here and surprise my son and I knew he would love it,” said Elwin.

Christian’s mom, Jasmine said that he was trooper while Dad was gone and helped out a lot around the house and with with his little brother. 

But the reunion was a moment they were all looking forward to. 

“It was very emotional. Christian definitely deserved this day,” said Jasmine. 

The family is planning to enjoy some time together during Christian’s upcoming spring break. 

MORE NEWS: Hogan Vetoes 18 Bills, Including Ballot Signature Measure

The father and son also plan to go golfing together. 

Stetson Miller