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Student surprised when dad returns home

Maine Student Surprised at School by Deployed Dad
A Lewiston High School student had no idea he was going to be surprised at school by his father, who had been deployed for the last several months, WMTW reports.

Caleb Lussier, 15, a sophomore in the Junior ROTC program said all he knew Tuesday morning was that there would be a guest speaker at an assembly. Everyone was told the speaker's name couldn't be released because it was classified information.

Then, Lussier's father, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Lussier walked through the door. He had just returned from a five-month deployment to Afghanistan.

'I had no idea when I heard them say classified. They usually tell us who the guest speaker is,' said Caleb.

'I was very happy with the reception. I thought he was going to say, 'Hey old man,' said Lussier

Caleb's dad has actually been home since last Thursday, but he wanted to save the surprise until Tuesday's assembly. The biggest challenge was keeping it a secret. Caleb's entire family was in on the surprise.

'I have been at my daughter's the last two days," said Lussier. 'Sunday was the hard day. Kind of texting back and forth, 'we have to stall him. We have to stall him,'' said Caleb's mother, Caren Lussier.

Richard Lussier said he decided to re-enlist in the Air Force at the age of 49, 20 years after his first tour of duty.

He said it was not easy being away from Caleb, who has autism.

Richard Lussier said the Junior ROTC program has given his son new opportunities.

Caleb's dad is home until further notice, and Caleb said he is looking forward to catching up and spending time with his hero.

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ihuber1 February 06 2014 at 10:26 PM

These "surprise homecomings" are like eating 4 bags of Oreos by yourself. Enough already, you are just copying eveyone else.

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Jim February 06 2014 at 10:40 PM

Hate to say it, but I agree with you. My Dad was in two wars.....a 35 year veteran, and never once did we get anything special. He and many others of the past are heros also, but unsung.

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John February 07 2014 at 12:09 AM

I agree. When my wife came home the day after Thanksgiving 3 months ago, I went and picked her up at the airport like a normal person. Yes, her squadron was there to greet her, but no videos or surprises were made. This dude is also old as dirt. His rank at his age is as common as someone living to 110 years old. Most people his rank are 22-28 years old. I don't mean to criticize him, but the whimpiness just perpetuates the Air Force stereotype.

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patriciaaellis February 06 2014 at 10:06 PM

what a wonderful surprise. When my husband came back from 'Nam in 1972, he hadn't seem our baby since she was 3mo old. He spent 13 mo and when he saw our daughter it was priceless. She said"Hi Dad" and he was floored. It's funny how those memories came flooding back after seeing this boy seeing his Dad.

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littlesamybird February 06 2014 at 9:59 PM

Aw...so awesome!! He has autism and no one can tell me kids with
Autism can't love someone...he definitely loves his Dad!!

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ka3ty February 06 2014 at 9:57 PM

A nice feel good story. Now if they could put a nice feel good television program on tv, rather than so many far fetched fantasy and fake crime shows, I think we would all watch.

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Joan Lester February 06 2014 at 9:51 PM

These are true Americans!!! They both, no, all make me proud to be one too! What a wonderful family to be part of! Congratulation to you all!!!

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JGBick February 06 2014 at 8:55 PM

That's the best thing that could ever happen to Caleb. He needs his Dad. Seeing his Dad is the greatest thing that could ever be done.

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invisibleman1515 February 06 2014 at 7:41 PM

love these reunion stories

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Janet Klingman February 06 2014 at 7:24 PM

So sweet, welcome home and yes, you are "Our Hero Too"!

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gudtip February 06 2014 at 6:56 PM

God Bless them and keep them safe

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