By BILL LEUKHARDT, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hartford Courant
SOUTHINGTON — Staff Sgt. Michael Howes pulled off a secret mission Monday, coming home a week early from his fourth overseas deployment and surprising his daughters in their schools.
“Daddy!” Madison Howes, 8, choked out when she spotted her uniformed father walking into a room at Flanders Elementary School where she and the other third-graders were having a reading assembly. She bolted from her chair into his open arms, hugged him and wept.
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