875th Soldiers to Return Home to Family, Friends & Work

September 25, 2007 - Posted at 7:38 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- When members of the 875th were called to duty in July of last year...they knew it would be a while before they would be home.  They left behind friends, families and jobs to serve their country.  Now, just days from returning home, many are looking forward to a routine.

"I talked to Steve (Beck) about an hour ago and he's all excited ready to come home and of course he's got the job when he gets here....both of them," said Jonesboro Fire Department Chief Aaron Keller.

The Jonesboro Fire Department will welcome back two members, Steve Beck and Jeremy Holler when the 875th returns to town.

"Actually Jeremy was promoted to a driver while he was gone so when he comes home, he gets a little raise and a promotion," smiled Keller.

And while it will take time to get back in the swing of things...Chief Keller believes it will all come together.

"It will be tough for a little while; they will be going to different stations. Jeremy is going to be a driver and we've got new trucks since he was gone and he will have to learn how to operate the trucks....and just get back in the fold and back in the routine," said Keller, "It makes me very proud, feel like their dad welcoming them back in."

The city of Jonesboro did allocate funds for the fire department to hire additional firefighters to help fill the spots while beck and holler were serving overseas.

Those employees will keep their jobs once the soldiers return to work...that's expected to happen sometime in October.