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Soldier Celebrates the 4th of July with a New Son

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YAKIMA, Wa.- People are barbecuing and celebrating our Independence Day with friends and family. One man is spending his day at the hospital.

"I'm a soldier so having a baby on the Fourth of July and Independence Day is the best thing ever," said father Erik Miller.

Kody Robert Wentz Miller was born at 8 a.m. this morning. His father has served in the military for over seven years and was stationed out of Cuba and Iraq. Erik Miller has now been living in the states for three years. And out of his four children this is the first birth he's been a part of.

"I missed the first two years of their's the first time I'm here for this," said Miller.  

Kody's parents planned to have their son on the 14th but were happy to have him come early. Erik says being with his wife and family is a special experience he will not forget.

"It's a little surreal but it'll sink in in a few hours when he's screaming and crying."

 Kody Robert Wentz was named after Wentz Shannenberger, a friend and soldier who died in Iraq.

" It's such a special thing. Naming him after a guy who gave their life who I knew," said Miller.  

The Miller family will be watching fireworks tonight from the hospital windows.