RI sailor surprises daughter with special homecoming

Photo: Caroline Goggin | WPRI 12

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.