FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — It was a special morning for dozens of employees of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. They took part in the largest BSO promotion ceremony ever and it was a standing room only crowd at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
A total of 66 employees took part in the promotion ceremony including Frederick Wood who was promoted to Captain but it wasn’t the promotion that moved him to tears but the surprise arrival of his son who is in the Coast Guard.
“When I saw him come around the corner, it was, I can’t, I won’t even try to put it into words,” said Wood tearing up. “It was amazing.”
Wood thought his son Matthew was at sea and they haven’t seen each for about eight months.
Matthew said it was tough planning the surprise reunion without his father finding out.
“It was really difficult between family and friends and social media to keep it on the secret side of things but we were able to pull it off so it was perfect,” said Matthew.
During the ceremony, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel promoted 2 people to the rank of colonel, three to lieutenant colonel, 6 to major, 18 to captain, 14 to lieutenant and 18 to sergeant. Six civilian employees were also promoted as well.