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Custodian comes back from Iraq

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Students call him a hero and now, after two years serving in Iraq, Highlands Middle School students and staff welcome back their custodian.

There were a few tears of joy and a long line of cheering students as National Guard Captain and school custodian Lauren Luvaas returned to the school this afternoon.

The principal says during Lauren's two years spent in Iraq, he inspired the students by showing them what being a local hero is all about.  

"He's definitely a good example," principal Scott Parker said. "He's a man of service, whether it's in our building working as a custodian or for our country." 

Lauren says it's overwhelming to see so many people cheering for him outside of the school where he works, but it's wonderful to feel their support. 

"It's nice to be back, it's kind of a shocker really," Luvaas said. "I mean it happened so quickly, one day you're there and the next day you're flying back."