Late soldier’s mom opens Ryan's Place diner in Epping

EPPING — Donna “Mickey” McDermot knew something was wrong when her doorbell rang at 2:45 a.m. But the longtime Hampton resident clung to hope, the hope her son Ryan, a 26-year-old Army specialist, had come home to surprise her. When she opened that door to an Army chaplain, she knew.”I was devastated,” she said. “This is not supposed to happen. You don’t outlive your kids.”But McDermot is smiling again after five years as she and friend Andrea Tierney realize their dream of […]

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