Broken Arrow Family Surprises Veteran Father One Year After Loss Of Son

Monday, June 22nd 2020, 9:22 pm
By: Kristen Weaver


A Broken Arrow woman still grieving the loss of her brother who died at his military base one year ago surprised her dad for Father's Day.

A year ago, on Father's Day, a knock on their door from the military changed their lives. Sergeant First Class Michael Bruck died at his military base in Kentucky. So this weekend, Bruck's sister wanted her dad to feel loved. "I was trying this year to turn this negative into a positive,” she said.

This year for Father's Day, Holman organized a drive-by parade for her dad, Bill Bruck, who is also a veteran himself.

"Saturday morning is usually quiet in Broken Arrow," Bill said. "That hasn't happened before."

Bill said he was floored to have his son's memory honored in that way.

Christine Holman says her brother, Michael Bruck, was a leader and an encourager as well as a soldier and a friend. "He just always knew how to make guys feel special and needed," she said.

The 101st Airborne soldier was only 34 and had served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Holman says she called in law enforcement, friends, family, local and state leaders, and motorcycle clubs to drive by their home and surprise Bill. Holman says the turnout wasn't as expected, because other dignitaries who had earlier planned to show up for the parade instead attended President Trump's Rally in Tulsa.

However, friend and state representative Dean Davis snuck away from the rally to visit with the Gold Star family. "I still wanted to make an effort to be here," Davis said. "These are my family and friends."

Holman said the loss is immeasurable, but she is determined to let all veterans know their service matters.

The family says Michael's cause of death is still being investigated and the military said it could be another year before they have answers.