Military dad surprises son at school in Pennsylvania


Christmas came early for a Cumberland County, Pennsylvania boy. His father surprised him at school after being overseas in Africa for eight months.

Alex Maguire and his classmates were told WHTM cameras were in the building to do a story about school lunches. Instead, they caught the big surprise.

His dad, Sgt. Chris Maguire, pretended to be on the cafeteria staff.

He and his wife have kept the the secret for several months.

“It’s been killing me to not say something to him,” Alex’s mom, Beth Maguire, said.

In between the food, the hugs, and the excitement, Alex somehow found time to start planning the big day.

“I’ll probably open up presents and probably jump on him Christmas morning,” he said.

“It means everything,” Sgt. Maguire said. “There’s really no words to describe it. Just joy, happiness, and glad that it all came together.”

Alex’s dad will be home for two weeks before going back to Africa for two months. 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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