LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A Layton soldier is welcomed home from Afghanistan with a special surprise.
It's been three long years that SSG. Ben Sorensen has been trying to get his 1987 blacker up and running. Now thanks to his wife, and some generous companies, it finally is.
Brian Hafer with AutoPartsWarehouse.com said, "About six months ago we got an email on our facebook page describing her husband's situation. He’s been in Afghanistan for a year."
Because he's been away in back to back year long deployments AutoPartsWarehouse.com and Dave's Complete Auto Service in Layton agreed to work together to fix it up.
David Bell, owner of Dave’s Complete Auto Service explained what needed to be done to the Blazer "Front suspension work, resealed transfer case, resealed the axels, get it running then we find out it wouldn't pass emissions and we want clean air so we fixed that. When it’s all said and done I think he’s got a good truck.”
After nine years of marriage it was a surprise SSG. Sorensen's wife said was hard to keep.
Brittany Sorensen said, "He’s always surprising me, always doing these little things for me and I could never get him back so I can finally have this opportunity to give back so I’m really, really happy.”
After waiting a couple of hours for his return home, it was finally time for the big surprise. He thought the welcome home party was enough then his once un-drivable truck pulled out of the garage.
"I think it's awesome,” said SSG. Sorensen. "I got it right before I went to Iraq and then I did a little bit of work on it but I didn't have very long before deployments so I planned on fixing it up some more after Afghanistan but it's fixed for now so I don't have to worry about it too much."
He says he's wanted this K5 Blazer since he was a kid and now that it's running the first place he's going to go is to take it snowboarding.