Soldier brings his family a Christmas surprise

SANDUSKY Debbie Bickley had one question for her son when he showed up at her door Thursday night.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Debbie Bickley had one question for her son when he showed up at her door Thursday night.

"How did you get here? How did you get here?" she asked through tears.

Her son, Private First Class Andrew Bickley, 21, has been in Korea for the last six months, and Debbie thought it would be another nine months before she would see him again. But when his holiday leave request was granted, Andrew decided to surprise his parents.

With the help of Mix 102.7 Andrew was picked up from the airport in a limousine, given a bouquet of flowers from Corso's for his mother and taken to his family's house on First Street in Sandusky.

Randy Hugg and Nancy Krause of Mix 102.7 knocked on the Bickleys' door while Andrew waited around the corner. When Andrew's father, Jim Bickley, answered, Hugg introduced himself and brought out Andrew.

The first shock-inspired words out of Jim's mouth can't be printed, but his surprise, excitement and confusion was evident.

"You're in Korea. What are you doing here?" he said while calling for his wife to come to the door.

His mother's shock was followed by hugs, tears and more hugs.

"We're always concerned about the fact that he's home with us for the holidays. That's the best present ever," Jim said.

Debbie was still letting the information sink in.

"My knees are kind of shaking right now. I'm not standing too good," she said.

Andrew works as a radiological specialist for the Army at the 121st Combat Support Hospital in Korea. He will be home until Dec. 30. Minutes before arriving at his parents' house, he talked about his excitement in coming home.

"I can't even explain it right now," he said. "Just getting off the plane and knowing I was back in Ohio is unbelievable. Knowing I get to go home and surprise my family is unbelievable."