Soldier surprises family at Calvert elementary

Soldier surprises family at Calvert elementary

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Brandon Koch holds his daughter, Vera Koch, as his brothers, Owen Hickey (left) and Luke Hickey, stand nearby at Calvert Catholic Schools’ elementary building Wednesday afternoon. To view more photos from this event, visit cu.advertiser-tribune.com.

A family waited six years for Wednesday’s homecoming.

Brandon Koch, a 24-year-old man whose time in the U.S. Army has ended, showed up at Calvert Catholic Schools’ elementary building to surprise his brothers, Owen Hickey, a fifth-grader, and Luke Hickey, a third-grader, after school Wednesday afternoon.

His arrival also was a surprise to his wife, Megan Koch.

“Nobody knows he’s here,” said his mother, Michelle Hickey, who had set up the surprise.

People had thought Koch was heading home Wednesday night.

Koch had served in the U.S. Army for six years. He was in the infantry in Charlie Co. 124, going through basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Koch served in Alaska for almost four years and in Germany for two years. He said he had seen his brothers in November, the first time he had seen them in several years.

“It’s been a long six years,” Michelle Hickey said.

Principal Marilyn Seislove said Michelle Hickey called the school Wednesday morning, asking if the surprise could happen. Officials said “yes” and had been planning it throughout the day, she said.

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