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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A warm welcome was waiting at St. Louis Lambert International Airport Wednesday night for an honored guest.

U.S. military personnel had gathered at the airport to welcome to St. Louis one of their heroes.

That hero is Haseeb, an Afghan interpreter and his family who arrived in St. Louis tonight to make the Gateway City their new home.

Haseeb worked closely with U.S. Marines while they were deployed in Afghanistan.

Gunnery Sergeant Hugh Tychsen said Haseeb and his family have been in hiding in Afghanistan for three years because of the work he did.

Two local Marines who served with Haseeb sponsored his family`s visas to the United States.