Air Force sergeant reunited with best friend following 8-month deployment

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — It was a reunion U.S. Air Force Reserve Master Sergeant Hector Rivera had been waiting for since he was deployed overseas eight months ago.

The Attleboro resident was reunited with his dog, named Kanoh, Tuesday upon his return home from Kuwait.

Kanoh spent the past several months being looked after by volunteers with non-profit organization “Dogs on Deployment.”

Rivera said it was hard to leave Kanoh, but he knew he would be leaving him in good hands.

“I found out on June 23,” Rivera recalled. “They said, ‘You’re leaving on June 27.’ So I came and dropped off Kanoh and I remember crying.”

Rivera said he’s extremely grateful for the care Kanoh received while he was away.

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