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Solider Welcomed Home at Port Columbus

COLUMBUS -- A Springfield family gathered in Port Columbus Tuesday to welcome home Mike Fitzsimmons after his deployment to Afghanistan.

He was been away for 15 months, eight of which were spent in Afghanistan.

"It's the best Christmas present ever," said his wife, Pam Fitzsimmons. "I've waited for this day for a long time."

She said she would send him a care package every week.

Her husband said the enthusiastic welcome was just what he had hoped for.

"I kind of figured there would be something like this here," he said. "I kind of wanted it, you know, when I got back -- helps put everything back in perspective coming home."
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