LITTLE FALLS: U.S. Airman Joe Kocotos soldier surprised his younger brother Tony on Friday at Passaic Valley's emotional and unforgettable pep rally.
Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo, Principal Rotella and the entire staff, and students at Passaic Valley Regional High School came together to help welcome back Kocotos who served in the US Air Forces during their annual pep rally. The reunion was a surprise to many, and touching to all. The students rose up and cheered, teachers and staff members wiped tears from their eyes, as the Kocotos brother ran towards each other and embraced.
Love and happiness radiated throughout the gymnasium as the two brothers were reunited. Superintendent Cardillo, student activities coordinator Joe Benvenuti were very excited to be able to include this spontaneous surprise and were extremely touched by the reunion.
Passaic Valley Regional High School is a community that understands the importance of honoring our veterans and the great men and woman who serve our country. Moments after the two brothers embraced the crowd erupted into chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A". The event has gone viral with over 10,000 views in just twelve hours.