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Major Norm Mitchell holds hands with his wife, Akena, as they are greeted by three of their children while being welcomed home at his parents’ house in Manhattan. Hugging his leg is son Randall, 4, hugging Akena is daughter River, 2, and daughter, Reese.
Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter
8:00 am CST November 5, 2019

A member of New Lenox CERT was going to miss an important training day on Saturday, Nov. 2. Phillia Mitchell, of Manhattan, had a good reason: her son, Marine Major Norm Mitchell III, was coming home.

“I would be [there] but I have the most important event going on, welcoming my son home,” she said.

Phillia has been on the CERT team for five years and is also on the New Lenox Search and Rescue team.