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Officer helps kids say farewell to their Navy dad on first deployment

TODAY | Jan. 11, 2017

Waiving Farewell to Navy Deployed Dad

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TODAY Jan. 11, 2017

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially for children who have parents in the military and on deployment. Luckily for two kids, a San Diego officer was at the right place at the right time. See how he made their farewell to their father special, this officer takes his duty to protect and serve seriously. Way to go, Officer Weaver!

Lisa Flam,TODAY Contributor

Four-year-old Rileigh Buetow and her 2-year-old brother, Austin, were jumping up and down and waving goodbye to their dad as he left on his first Naval deployment last week on the USS Carl Vinson.

As they stood on a rocky perch and the aircraft carrier moved past them, a San Diego policeman who remembers what it’s like to have a Navy dad away for work offered a helping hand. Officer James Weaver invited the youngsters to amplify their farewells to their dad, Petty Officer 1st Class Josh Buetow, through his police car’s public address system. “Austin didn’t talk, but Rileigh was all for it,” their mom, Brettany Buetow, told TODAY.

“She yelled out ‘Bye Daddy. I love you Daddy.’”


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