Emotional tribute as fallen hero comes home to rest in Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) - The body of a local war hero, Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer, arrived in West Palm Beach Monday.
The soldier and father was among four Americans killed in a suicide blast in Syria last month.
CBS12 reporter Maxine Bentzel was invited by the family to be there on the tarmac as the plane landed at Signature Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport.
Farmer leaves behind a wife and four small children.
"He was an amazing husband," said Tabitha Farmer, his widow. "Really the perfect husband. He cooked. He cleaned.”
While Farmer spent a lot of time away from home serving his country, his mind and heart were never too far from his family.
“He loved the kids. Loved me. He was in contact with us all the time. He wasn’t just a normal soldier. He really was part of our life.”
Farmer's body came home for good, in a ceremony with more fanfare than Tabitha said he would've liked.
Together, they led a very private life with their kids.
“As a Special Forces soldier they are quiet professionals. They don’t go out and they don’t tell everybody what they’re doing even know they’re doing amazing things every day. But when they don’t come home we need to know.”
As Tabitha wept over her husband's flag-draped casket, a piece of him dangled from her neck.
“This is his wedding band. I always took it off before deployment then I always put it back on when he got home. This is the Special Forces crest and I can finally wear it in public.”
While life has suddenly changed for Tabitha, she remains the epitome of strength. It's something she says her husband always ingrained in her.
“I’ve been a special forces wife for 12 years. This is what we...we know how to get things done the right way. Our men go to battle but we stay home. We take care of our babies. We take care of our families."
Farmer, who served six overseas combat tours since 2007, was just 37 years old. And by the way Tabitha talks about him, he was the love of her life.
She says she will really miss his big hugs.
Farmer’s funeral will be held on February 18 in Palm Beach Gardens.