Autistic Son and Deployed Dad Reunite In Emotional Lewiston ROTC Class - Miraculous!Submitted by Barracuda_Trader on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:15
Caleb Lussier, 15 is autistic and normally does not show much affect. He never expresses his feelings with smiles or tears. This day was different.
LEWISTON — A Lewiston High School sophomore got a big surprise Tuesday when the “guest speaker” at his Air Force Junior ROTC class turned out to be his father, just home from Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Richard Lussier, a member of the Air National Guard 157th Refueling Wing based in Pease, N.H., returned Jan. 30 and hid a few days in Portland to surprise Caleb Lussier, 15, during an ROTC class.
As the class began, cadets, some in dress blues, listened to aerospace instructor Master Sgt. Tom Noury talk about developing a new club in which cadets would serve as academic coaches for other cadets.
Then Caleb's father, wearing boots and military fatigues, walked in.
Caleb looked across the room and saw his father. With a look of astonishment, Caleb rushed from his chair and ran into his father. Father and son hugged and smiled. The room broke into applause. News cameras circled them.
After a few seconds, Caleb relaxed his hug, looked at his father again as if to double check it was really him, then gave him another hug.