Now that Daniel McMorrow, West Roxbury resident and master sergeant of the United Stated Marine Corps, is home from Iraq, his three children have a clear mission for their father — to have fun.
Now that Daniel McMorrow, West Roxbury resident and master sergeant of the United Stated Marine Corps, is home from Iraq, his three children have a clear mission for him — to have fun.
On Tuesday afternoon, McMorrow surprised two of his children at the Patrick Lyndon School in West Roxbury during parental pickup time.
Fifth-grader Sydney knew something was up in the morning because her mom, Susan, tried to get Sydney to dress up a bit. Susan tried to pull the wool over Sydney’s eyes with a story of Mayor Thomas Menino coming to the school, but Sydney wasn’t buying it. But second-grader Daniel had no idea his father would be picking him up from school.
Three-year-old Jack was a little standoffish to his father at first, but was very much looking forward to the aforementioned fun to be had.
On the side entrance of the school, parents, staff and students all greeted the fatigued-clad soldier, who flew in from North Carolina during the afternoon. McMorrow was saluted with a round of applause after being reunited with Sydney and Daniel.
It was his second tour in Iraq, with this one running from January to May. The first time he was gone for 11 months.
“The first order of business is we’re going to Daniel’s baseball game,” said McMorrow, who coached his son’s team in the past.
McMorrow worked in the same compound he had the first time while in Iraq.
“It was a lot more peaceful this time. I went over as a police adviser. A lot of the training has taken effect (with Iraqi police and military). I would walk around without fear,” he said.
McMorrow is a Boston police officer in a citywide anti-gang unit and went to Iraq to continue training police personnel.
But that was last week, and this week he is excited to be home. He slapped high-fives with students, parents and anyone else.
And quickly his own children, including little Jack, were off and running.
“They all took off, ‘it was nice to see Dad,’” joked McMorrow.
McMorrow’s longtime friend Tommy DeRosa, who attended the Lyndon School with McMorrow when they were boys, was also there picking up his kids. DeRosa kidded that he was tired of the coming-home parties but was truly happy to have his buddy back.Susan grinned from ear to ear.
“Jack was walking down the street saying ‘my Dad’s home. My Dad’s home,’” she said.
After Daniel’s baseball game, there were more orders to be followed — like a cookout with lobster and champagne.
While the McMorrow children were excited to have their father back, Susan had other feelings.
“I think I’m more relieved than excited. But I’m excited for the kids. We plan on taking a road trip after they get out of school (for the year).”