Its been over a year since 13 Army National Guardsmen from Bradford have seen their families and friends. On Saturday they were back home. A parade of hometown heroes made its way through the center of the city. Supporters lined the streets cheering them on. Of the soldiers honored, 2 run the public library, another is the Chief of Police and one is the citys Mayor. "I think he has a heart for America and this town of Bradford," said one resident. 18 months ago Mayor Paul Bunn decided to leave his newly elected position to risk his life overseas. "It was horrible, because I had a lot of mixed feelings," said Bunn. "Being a soldier is what my country calls me to do." It wasnt as easy as Bunn expected. He served in other military operations, and says nothing prepared him for the pure hell of Baghdad. "On my first day in Iraq, I went through an ambush, so I realized on my first day that this was going to be like anything else," added Bunn. Despite the hardships of war, Bunn says he always kept Bradford on his mind, using his computer to stay on top of city business. "I lived in Baghdad, which is a slum for 18 months, and I will not live in a slum when I come back," said Bunn. He says that`s his call to action for the community, from a leader to his troops. Bunn will resume his duties as Mayor, as soon as he receives treatment for injuries sustained in an ambush.