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‘Paws of War’ brings joy, in the form of a puppy, to the family of the pilot killed in Iraq

Calvin, a 4 month old black Labrador, he met his new family — the wife and children of the fallen Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso, an Air National Guard pilot from Long Island, NY

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When an Air National Guard pilot from New York was deployed to Iraq, he promised to bring home a puppy for his daughters when he was back in June.

Unfortunately, Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso Long Island was one of the seven people killed in Iraq on March 15, when their helicopter crashed.

But on Friday, his Gold Star family will be welcomed with a puppy for an organization that places shelter dogs with veterans and their families.

“This was a good thing for us. We needed something genuinely happy.”

– Carmela Raguso, wife and mother

When Calvin, a 4 month old black Labrador, he met his new family, they were overjoyed, Fox 5 New York reported.

“This was a good thing for us. We needed something in order to truly be happy,” woman and mother Carmela Raguso, 36, told Long Island Newsday.

I am in Commack this morning, where the family of Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso, who died in March, was surprised with a puppy named Calvin. He had promised his daughters a dog before he died. pic.twitter.com/RfMp4zwqFv

— Laura Blasey (@lblasey) August 24, 2018

Daughters Mila, 7, and Eva, 5, were also happy. Ask for a puppy was Eva’s idea, the mother said.

“The deal she made with Papa is that they would keep his side of the bed warm until he got home and she has not left,” Carmella told Fox 5. “So I think maybe her and Calvin to keep her bed warm and let Mom have some rest in the night.”

Special puppy for a Long Island gold star family https://t.co/ucmrSiTJo6 pic.twitter.com/iHSgASZB5x

— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) August 24, 2018

Calvin was one of the 11 dogs rescued from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana by the Long Island animal group Guardians of Rescue, Newsday reported.

Paws of War was the non-profit, which is then placed Calvin with the military family, Fox 5 reported.

The Ragusos, a gold star family, excited about their new puppy, Calvin.

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“Their response was phenomenal,” Christopher McNamara, a neighbor and a Leg of War volunteers who helped coordinate the surprise contest, told Newsday. “I’m so happy for the family.”

“Hopefully, this dog will really change their lives,” Paws of War co-founder Robert Misseri said. “Pray and be thankful for our armed forces every day. This is the reason why we live free, like this.”

Carmella knew what her husband would say if he is there with them.

“‘Carm, keep the backyard clean — let the dog destroy the house,” she said. “But I think that he is still very, very happy.”

Eva was definitely satisfied.

“I don’t care if he is chewing one of my toys, it’s fine,” she said. “I will never be rid of him. He is the best.”

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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