The Andover Townsman
---- — Sgt. Richard Hiort, who is stationed at Stanghahlem Air Force Base in Germany, surprised his niece and nephew with an emotional reunion at South Elementary School last week.
Third-grader Skylar Garcia and first-grader Kyle Garcia were overjoyed to see their uncle walk into their school unannounced on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The two children joined with their fellow students to welcome Hiort with cheers, a patriotic song and lots of questions. Principal Dr. Colleen McBride presented him with a South Elementary T-shirt.
Hiort’s sister and mother live in Andover. The family delayed their Christmas celebration until Hiort could be home for leave.
About 25 family members and friends gathered at the Hiorts’ Andover home over the weekend to enjoy a belated holiday get-together.