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Soldier’s surprise homecoming during demolition derby shocks fiancee

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-14 20:15:58-04

HURRICANE, Utah – The Washington County Fair has come and gone. It’s a place for making memories. For one Hurricane couple, it’s a memory they won’t soon forget.

Rya Webb got the unexpected surprise from her fiance, whom she was under the impression was still in Texas, on active duty for the Army.

Her fiance, Tim Leavitt, worked in connection with a local radio station and family members to get Rya a ride during Saturday’s demolition derby show, but unbeknownst to Rya, Tim would be the driver. Rya’s dad caught the surprise on video, and it’s clear Rya didn’t suspect a thing.

“They did such a good job,” Webb said. “And just made it sound totally legit.”

The crowd cheered when Tim took off his helmet and revealed himself as the driver.

“I was just shocked,” Webb said. “It was just so good to see him because it had been so long.”

Tim is serving his third tour in the Middle East, working on the front lines as a road clearer. He was recovering in a Texas hospital when he planned to show up and surprise Rya. The visit was quick, he spent less than a day before returning to Texas.

Rya said she didn’t suspect anything, but she should have. Tim has a history of surprising his fiancée. In 2010, he sneaked home and popped up at an Easter celebration, and in 2012, he proposed via flash mob.

“You never know what he’s going to say, you never know what he’s going to do,” Webb said. “He’s completely unpredictable.”

To view the surprise homecoming, click here.

Check out the video of the surprise flash mob proposal below.