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.

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