As a way of enforcing my curfew during the high school and college years, my dad once said to me, “Nothing good ever happens past midnight.”
I wish he could have been by my side Wednesday night.
It was shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday when Cpt. Tim Patterson, a Franklin police officer from New Berlin, arrived at General Mitchell International Airport. Patterson had just finished a one-year tour of duty in Afghanistan. While 90 percent of those reading this were sleeping, a military husband and father reunited with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. I would give up a week’s sleep to witness this moment again.
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You’ll be seeing more of Tim and his family in the months to come, as this is just the beginning of his journey back home.