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Reservists Return Home to Westover, One Surprises Son at School

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — It was a happy reunion today for airmen and family at Westover. Near two dozen reservist returned home after a six month deployment overseas.

For one Sargent, his return home was a big surprise to his 10-year-old son.

After a six month deployment in southwest Asia, members of the 439th Security Forces Squadron are home.

At 10:00 Thursday morning, the joyful reunion with loved ones. Just before the bus pulled up, family and friends were anticipating the big moment.

“I’m super excited. A little bit nervous but I couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Devon Tietz of New York.

Cheryl McLaughlin adds, “I’m feeling so excited. I’ve been waiting for this day for six months. It’s been a lot of time coming. I absolutely cannot wait.”

For Devon and Cheryl, it will soon be back with their boyfriends.

For veteran Walter Lahair, it will be a prideful reunion with his son

“It’s different because it’s the first time I’ve met him coming back cause I know what my parents went through. I’m a disabled veteran. I’m going to surprise him. He doesn’t know,” says Lahair

And when the waiting was over, the hugs and tears began.

“It’s just great to be back. I’m with a great crew from Westover. They did a real good job. I’m very proud to work with these guys over here and it’s good to be home,” adds Sgt. Maj. Kevin Hartford.

Perhaps the most surprised was the 10-year-old son of Sgt. Robby Lahair. Lahair drove to his son’s school near the base, who had no idea that his dad was coming home.

“My heart just like stopped,because I thought he wasn’t coming home for a long time and I was just hoping that he would come back and now it finally happens and my heart just feels like it’s stopping,” says Trent Lahair.

A feeling shared by everyone seeing there loved ones safely back home.

The reservists will spend time with their families over the weekend. Some will be be redeployed in the coming weeks.

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