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Guardsman returns to surprise little sister at Chartiers Valley

Andrew Russell
| Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

A tearful reunion played out Friday at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School.

When Alyssa Ray, 10, a fifth-grader, sat down for lunch Friday she got an incredible surprise.

Just as she took her seat in the cafeteria, her brother, Jonathan Ray, a Pennsylvania National Guardsman, walked through the doors and hugged her. She hadn’t seen him since August.

“I almost hauled off and punched him, because he was behind me and grabbing me,” Alyssa Ray said.

The entire cafeteria erupted into applause as the siblings embraced. After a series of hugs, Jonathan and Alyssa walked down to her classroom to collect her things and head home to start the weekend early.

“I walked in, real cool, calm and collected, wrapped my arms around her and she didn’t know what to think,” Jonathan Ray said. “She looked over slowly and then she just started bawling and I’m like, ‘Aww, it’s real good to be home.’”

Andrew Russell is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his sister Alyssa, 10, during the fifth-grader's lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his sister Alyssa, 10, during the fifth-grader's lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Jonathan Ray, 18, of Bridgeville, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, surprises his fifth-grade sister Alyssa, 10, during her lunch at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott Township on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
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