Transcript for 11-year-old boy writes essay calling his older brother his hero
Finally, a little boy whose real-life hero is a soldier, but also his brother. They haven't seen each other in two years, until now. Tonight, they're both "America strong." That's 11-year-old Damon Chiodo, who just won an essay contest at his school. And he thinks the biggest thrill about this day will be reading his essay up on stage. Damon wrote about his hero. Who's my hero? My hero is my brother. Reporter: Specialist Devin Tomei is that brother, an army helicopter mechanic stationed in Germany. He hasn't seen his family in more than two years. And he came to his little brother's school to hear the speech and surprise his little brother. Damon spoke about pride and friendship and then this happened. Hey, Damon. Devin! Reporter: And if you think that's emotional, here's how they describe their bond. He's always been there for me my entire life and no matter what, we've always been happy. I only have one brother and he has me and I love him to death. Reporter: And Damon got one more surprise. The day off from school. This is your day to spend with your brother. Thank you. Reporter: Some time now to reflect on this awesome moment. Two brothers a world apart, now side by side. I turned around and I saw him and he said, "Hey, little bro." And I was just so happy and I'm still shaking from the happiness. Nothing can compare to that. It just feels amazing. Amazing is right. We thank them for their story. And our affiliate WTAE for capturing that incredible reunion. Thanks for watching. I'm Tom llamas in New York. "Gma" first thing in the morning. David Muir is right back here tomorrow night. Have a great evening. Good night.
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