A Middletown firefighter received a warm welcome today after returning home from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.
Almost a year ago, Sgt. First Class Ryan Parmelee headed to the Middle Eastern country with the Third Medical Command of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Middletown’s South Fire District formally welcomed him home in a ceremony held at noon Monday.
"There's definitely the brotherhood in service in the fire department and police department just like being in the military, being in the armed services," Parmelee said at his sendoff in April.
The deployment was his sixth overseas tour and second combat tour.