Marine Tom Armas makes 48-hour stop in Connecticut to watch sons play hockey

Armas has been away since early fall, and out of state for much of the past year. (2/17/14)

BRIDGEPORT - Two Fairfield High School hockey players had a special guest in attendance at their game against Milford Monday night.

Marine Tom Armas got to see his sons Austin and Tiger play at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport.

Armas has been away since early fall, and out of state for much of the past year. This weekend, he was able to make a quick 48-hour stop home.  

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The Marine Reservist, and former Secret Service agent, is credited with saving lives at Ground Zero on 9/11.

"I am very proud of him and what he has done and all he has contributed to this country," said Austin. "My dad is my inspiration."

Armas must return to California Tuesday. Then, he will be able to move back home to Connecticut until he gets called up for another tour. He will remain a reservist and work at a regular job in New Haven.

Monday's game was extra special because it was Senior Night for Austin. The senior plans to play lacrosse at Clarkson University in the fall.

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