Soldier surprises four-year old nephew with return; he won’t let her go

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)–A day before veteran’s day, a National Guard Sergeant surprised a four-year-old Waterbury student.

Sgt. Shannon Torgersen surprised a room full of smiling kindergartners at Bunker Hill School returning home from a deployment in Afghanistan. Torgersen has been in Afghanistan for six months, but deployed a total of nine, leaving behind her friends and family for combat.

But now that she is home, she says Monday, she has one thing on her mind.

“Where is my nephew?,” said Torgersen. “I want my nephew. And then it was just kind of um shock at seeing him and how shocked he looked. I wasn’t sure he recognized me.”

But once 4-year-old Charles knew it was auntie Shannon, he wrapped his arms around her, only letting her go briefly while she read to the packed cafeteria of students. Then, it was back into the arms he has missed so much.

Along with the room full of smiling kindergartners was Mayor Neil O’Leary of Waterbury, who came to support this soldier who has come home.

“It’s so important to teach these young people today the importance of patriotism what veterans are and who they are, what they have done and what they have sacrificed,” said O’Leary.

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