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McKENZIE (August 24) — Football fans from McKenzie and West Carroll stood in support as Petty Officer Marshawnda Fuller surprised her younger brother during the pre-game coin toss.
As the team co-captains of the McKenzie Rebels and the West Carroll War Eagles made their way to mid-field for the coin toss, Sailor Fuller followed, unbeknown to her brother, Trey Fuller, #5, a co-captain for West Carroll. She walked immediately behind the co-captains.
Public address announcer Larry Joe Smith announced he welcomed Petty Officer Fuller home after a three-year deployment. Her brother turned to find his older sister standing immediately behind him.
He lifted her from her feet and gave her a hug.
Petty Officer Fuller told The Banner she had been served on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The West Carroll graduate said she recently re-enlisted for six years. The McLemoresville resident said she returned home on Friday on a surprise visit.
During halftime, the officiating staff invited her to join them for photographs. As she walked to the locker room, fans from both sides personally offered their thanks for her service in the military.