U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Thies

February 5, 2010 - Another cold day in Vernon Hills could not stop friends and family members from greeting Sgt. Jeffrey Thies with a hero's welcome outside his parent's home in the Deerpath subdivision. Sgt. Thies had been deployed to Iraq from April 29, 2009 to January 18, 2010 and he was happy to be home. He was treated to a police and fire escort through the neighborhood, after which Mayor Byrne presented him with a proclamation and gift cards from On The Border and Westfield Hawthorn.

Sgt. Thies joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1997 and was trained as a 74D-CBRN Specialist with the 132nd Brigarde Support Battalion from Wisconsin. We're all happy you returned home safe Jeff!

Please enjoy these photos from that wonderful day!