Military Dad Surprises Daughter After Fake Lost Connection On Zoom Call

A soldier dad planned a clever surprise reunion for his daughter during her school presentation, making it appear that their Zoom call had 'disconnected,' only to then appear in her classroom. Charlie Trader, 12, was making the end-of-day presentation to her classmates at Reagan Middle School, in Dixon, Illinois, not knowing that the subject if the talk – her father, Seth Wiggins, 35, a tech sergeant with the United States Air National Guard – was actually just a few doors down. Seth had recently returned from a two-and-a-half-month deployment in Guam, and before his return, he had contacted Charlie's school to ask if they might be able to help him plan a surprise reunion for his daughter. So Charlie's end-of-day teacher and her principal suggested they create a faux presentation for the 12-year-old, asking her to talk to the class about her father's deployment and work in the military. On March 6, Charlie stood up in front of the class, where she spoke about her father's military career while Seth watched on. When it was time to open the presentation up to questions for Seth, that was the cue for the call to suddenly "disconnect." Seth – who had cleared out a nearby room to make the backdrop look like he was still overseas – then started to make his way through the halls of the school, eventually reaching Charlie's classroom for the big surprise. As soon as the 12-year-old saw her father, she immediately started to cry happy tears, making it through the middle of her classmates for an emotional hug with her father.
Release Status:
TV & Digital
Location: Dixon, Illinois, USA
  • Date Acquired03-15-2023
  • Date Filmed03-06-2023
  • OrientationHorizontal
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

Military Dad Surprises Daughter After Fake Lost Connection On Zoom Call


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