Local Soldier Welcomed Home with Parade Through South Beloit

SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) -- If you were around South Beloit Sunday afternoon, you may have heard a whole lot of noise as family and friends welcomed home a local soldier.

Sergeant Stacey Bialek returned Friday from Afghanistan. Today her family organized a surprise parade of motorcycles, police cars, and fire trucks to salute the army medic. Signs around town welcomed her back from her third tour overseas. The group Warriors Watch Riders helped brings bikers from around northern Illinois to take part. They also have an online site full of thank you’s for the South Beloit native.

"It’s amazing to see the support, even people that I don't even know did this, to escort you and have the big parade, the thank yous to me. The men who came home from the war before didn't get recognized and they should have and this is awesome they’re doing it for us," Bialek said.

Bialek leaves Monday for her home in Kentucky to reunite with her husband. She plans next to head back to school and study nursing.

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