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Military Dad in Hebron Talks About Seeing His Newborn for First Time

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The Metzgers with their daughter Sydney at home. (Photo: WBOC) The Metzgers with their daughter Sydney at home. (Photo: WBOC)

HEBRON, Md.- Back in September, the Maryland National Guard and the 115th Military Police Battalion returned home to Wicomico County.

WBOC was there for the emotional welcome back. Just recently we sat down with one of those families to hear about the struggles they faced when dad was away serving our country overseas.

Our cameras were rolling when we caught Sgt. First Class Patrick Metzger returning home and seeing his newborn for the first time in person.

Patrick and his wife Sabrina shared their story of the 10 months spent apart and the countdown to when he returned home safe and sound. 

They told WBOC that watching the tearful moment of when Patrick first held his baby girl named Sydney never gets old.

"I met Sydney for the first time," said Patrick, "everyday I had a little picture of her sonogram and everyday I saw it and thought about her."

 Patrick said that to be gone for that long wasn't easy but the happy moment came after watching the birth of his daughter on Skype from Afghanistan.

"He got to see her first," said Sabrina tearfully, "because he couldn't be here and it was just heartbreaking to know how much he was going to miss."

Sabrina said that the toughest part during her pregnancy was trying not to think about Patrick getting hurt or never making it back.

"This time around in Afghanistan I was more worried than the first time around," Sabrina said.

It was a worry that even Patrick said he was aware of but that he put it out of his mind for his own sanity.

"You prepare your self," he said,"we trained hard and that's what brought us back."

Patrick said that just like any soldier with him in combat he missed his family and his friends, but he missed some other things that most of us probably take for granted.

"Cutting grass. I missed just being outside," Patrick said, "I don't want to say I missed freedom because that is what we are there for but I missed those little things you know."

Both husband and wife are with Maryland State Police and are planning to return to their posts sometime in January. 


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