Elm Grove soldier back from deployment

CREATED Dec 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 23, 2012

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ELM GROVE - Sergeant David Nesseth wasn't expected back from Afghanistan until after Christmas.

But after eight months serving in the Middle East, he's back to a hero's welcome.

"To be on U.S. soil again, it's fantastic," Kathy Nesseth says.

Kathy and John Nesseth's Christmas gift came home to a police escort. Their son, David, has been in Afghanistan since late spring.

He wasn't expected back until February.
 
It's a return that almost didn't happen. Just two days into David's deployment in late May, a suicide bomber attacked his unit.

Two soldiers died and 12 were badly hurt.

"I was the person who was injured the least and was able to render aide and help the people who were more seriously injured than myself," David says.

David earned a Purple Heart for his action.

It's a close call that left his family thankful for gifts this Christmas that are often taken for granted.

"I'm just glad to be able to have all my extremities that they work and be able to be home for Christmas," David says.

He'll be returning to his base in Oklahoma in early 2013.