USS Carl Vinson,Aircraft carrier

Officer helps kids say farewell to their Navy dad on first deployment

January 10, 2017
in Kids

Four-year-old Rileigh Buetow and her 2-year-old brother, Austin, were jumping up and down and waving goodbye to their dad as he left on his first Naval deployment last week on the USS Carl Vinson. As they stood on a rocky perch and the aircraft carrier moved past them, a San Diego policeman who remembers what it’s like to have a Navy dad away for work offered a helping hand. Officer James Weaver invited the youngsters to amplify their farewells to their dad, Petty Officer 1st Class Josh Buetow, through his police car’s public address system. Courtesy of Brettany BuetowRileigh Buetow says a final farewell to her dad, with a little help from San Diego police officer James Weaver, who let her voice be heard loud through his car's public address microphone. “Austin didn’t talk, but Rileigh was all for it,” their mom, Brettany Buetow, told TODAY. “She yelled out ‘Bye Daddy. I love you Daddy.’” The simple, unexpected gesture made the heartbreaking goodbye memorable for the family, and brought a measure of comfort to Brettany Buetow. “Even though it’s such a small thing, it meant the world to me and the world to the kids,” Buetow said. “He wanted to make the kids happy, and give them one last chance to be heard.” Courtesy of Brettany Buetow"Bye Daddy. I love you." “It was a very tough moment; those are our final goodbyes,” she added. “It was really...

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