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What went right: Local airman surprises family with early homecoming, and other uplifting news

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Master Sgt. Brian "Bo" Thomas came home early from a Middle East deployment and surprised his kids and extended family Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the City Creek Cheesecake Factory in Salt Lake City.

Master Sgt. Brian “Bo” Thomas came home early from a Middle East deployment and surprised his kids and extended family Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the City Creek Cheesecake Factory in Salt Lake City.

Mike DeBernardo, Deseret News

Best surprise ever. – Logan Thomas

When the Thomas kids showed up at the Cheesecake Factory Wednesday, they had no idea that their father, Master Sgt. Brian "Bo" Thomas, would be waiting for them.

They thought instead they were picking up a military service award and that their dad was still overseas.

So you can imagine their astonishment when he burst into the door, asking, "Did you miss me?"

His son Logan called it "the best surprise ever" while he wiped tears from his eyes and, even though he was in on the joke, Thomas said that the experience left him "kind of speechless."

For more on the Thomas family's story and to see Bo's homecoming, or for more links of good news from the past week, check out the following stories:

1. Family gathering turns into surprise celebration

2. The Clean Cut: Boy receives first pediatric double-hand transplant, tells children to hold on to their dreams

3. Logan group now offering free therapy to child victims of abuse

4. Photo gallery: Salt Lake fire department receives donation of oxygen masks for animals

5. One prisoner’s plea for help pulls a potent redemption program out of the shadows

What went right is a series that gathers together the positive news of the week for an uplifting read.