by Rachael O'Neil | CBS 11By Staff

BENBROOK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Thursday, April 15 was extra special for 17-year-old Nomar Marzan who got to see his hero for the first time — in person— in more than a year.

A hug meant the world to Roman Marzan and his son, Nomar after he flew from South Korea to surprise him during baseball practice at Western Hills High School — an embrace they’ve each longed for since last March.

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“It’s pretty sad to not be able to be around him for his senior year,” said Roman. “I missed out on the football season so I couldn’t miss out on baseball season. I was able to come over and I’ll be able to catch one or two games.”

In 2001, Marzan began serving the country as a U.S. Army soldier, now specializing in deploying and redeploying brigades.

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Nomar was just 8 months old when his dad left for duty for the first time. Nomar says moments like these with his dad continue to strengthen their bond.

“I thought I wasn’t going to see him for another couple of months so it was unreal,” Nomar told CBS 11. “It was a big treat! Him being here, it’s a blessing. He gives me advice for anything I need to do. If I got a problem he’ll help me fix it, if I need anything, he’ll do his best to get it to me.”

“He means everything to me. Everything I do, I do it for him,” Roman shared. “I hope he’s proud of me, he tells me he is, I’m proud of him. He’s a good boy, his coaches tell me he’s a good boy. I’m just proud of him.”

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Nomar’s dad is returning to Fort Worth this June, just in time to see his son graduate high school. Staff