First Lt. Christopher Ngo knows a lot about service. Along with serving in the Army National Guard, he is also a police officer with the Philadelphia Police Department. That means he puts on a uniform every single day and protects his city and his country both overseas and at home. That kind of dedication and commitment to others is outstanding, but not surprising from a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or law enforcement.
His family, however, has to deal with the constant worry about his safety and well-being as he fights and protects his country’s freedoms. They also have to go through periods of separation when he is deployed overseas with the Army.
The Ngo family was recently going through one of those times as Christopher was deployed to Afghanistan for four months, followed by another five months in Iraq. Christopher’s children and fiancée, Thom, decided to have a fun night as a family recently by going to a 76ers basketball game at the Wells Fargo Center in their hometown of Philadelphia.
As the first quarter of the game came to a close, the Ngo family was called down to center court for a special salute to military families. Waiting for them was a giant blue box with a ribbon on top. As his three children ran up to the box to open it, something happened that they didn’t expect at all!
Watch the video below to see what the surprise was!
Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.