Sailor surprises daughter with special homecoming

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Petty Officer Eric Santos has been deployed for seven months.

That’s seven long months his daughter Corrie didn’t see her dad.

That all changed Monday afternoon when Santos surprised the four-year-old at school with a heart-warming reunion.

“Being their age, they don’t really understand,” said Santos today, shortly after his reunion with Corrie. “So it’s tough to say goodbye when they really don’t have an idea of what’s going to happen.”

While the pair was able to call and Skype during his deployment, Santos said it wasn’t the same.

Santo’s wife, Rochelle, said she’s excited to have her husband home in time for the holidays and to spend quality family time together beginning Monday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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