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Military dad reunited with daughter during school’s award ceremony

Marine SGT Angel Montelongo surprised his daughter at Bill Sybert School on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

An east El Paso elementary student didn’t expect the reward she got when her dad surprised her at school.

Students at Bill Sybert School were participating in the school’s second-grade awards ceremony in the gymnasium when Sgt. Angel Montelongo, with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, showed up.

Montelongo had been deployed for more than a year.

It was important to Montelongo to be at the school Wednesday.

“I wanted to fulfill my promise to her [daughter]. I wanted to be present at my daughter’s award ceremony,” said Montelongo.

Devony had been told by her mom and dad that he would be back when she started the third grade.

She earned one of the “Top Scorpion” awards.

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