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Soldier in Spiderman suit surprises daughter

DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNN) -- Halloween is a time for costumes and candy. But at Jackson Elementary School, there's a real surprise in the works on Friday.

"Oh, I'll probably cry a little bit," said SFC Dave Wirtz. He's a 19-year Army veteran who works at the Rock Island Arsenal's Army Sustainment Command.

Wirtz is preparing for his big entrance in a school office. That includes donning a full body Spiderman costume and cape.

But this is no ordinary Spiderman. Hes just back from his fifth deployment this time to Afghanistan and is ready to reunite with his daughter, Jessie, 9.

Shed do anything for anybody, he said. Great kid, good at school, has a great imagination.

Jessie doesnt even know that her dad is back in the country. So this will be really fun.

As Spiderman walks into the celebration, he brings a cape for Jessie. Thats for being named a hero at Jackson School.

All right, turn around, he said.

Daddy! she exclaimed.

Spiderman and some shrieks made for a joyful reunion.

Did you like that? he asked.

I love you, she responded.

Me, too, he added.

Through the applause, this halloween is special, not spooky. Its something that this daddy and daughter will always remember.

Im just glad that hes home because I really missed him, Jessie said.

Better than candy and costumes. Its a sweet surprise for the Wirtz family.

Nothing will top it, he said. Ill remember this the rest of my life, and my daughter will, too.



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