Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:21 PM EDT
After months of rehab, a mountain state trooper critically injured in the line of duty is finally on his way home. Trooper Matt Mitchell was hit by a car during a traffic stop on September 11th. Since then he's been in a rehab center in Atlanta.
The welcome home started when the Mitchell's crossed the state line into North Carolina. They were greeted by friends, first responders, and supporters as they traveled through the mountains to their home in Marshall. Crowds gathered in Franklin, Jackson, Mars Hill, the Marshall bypass, and along the Smokey Park Bridge.
Matt Mitchell's wife, Heather, says her family is thankful for all the community support.
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