The Best Birthday Gift

Dayton kindergartner unwraps soldier dad during classroom celebration

Gabriel peeled back the wrapping paper, then jumped back in surprise, letting out a yelp.

“Hi daddy,” he said.

Then he let the rest of the Sutro Elementary School kindergarten class in on the surprise: “It’s my dad.”

Spc. Casey Hurles, 23, stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, hadn’t seen his son since he left in June for his second tour in Iraq.

This story even made the front page of AOL.

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