“It is truly inspiring to see how the residents from Hammond and Calumet City came together with law enforcement for a common goal. It really is the true meaning of community. We are proud to serve to you all. ” Hammond Police Lt. Steven Kellogg
September 3, 2017-Police officers from multiple departments quickly mobilized yesterday when Hammond Police put out a call that a 9 year old boy with a cognitive disability was missing. Police say Anthony Mitchell ran from his home on Ruth Street near Calumet City at approximately 3:00 p.m. That is when police and community members sprang to action in a concerted effort to locate the boy. As night fell and the rain began to fall, the search became more difficult but searchers remained committed to finding Anthony.
According to Lt. Steven Kellog, NICTD and Porter County Police assisted with their K-9 officers. Acting Lake County Sheriff Matt Eaton committed Eagle 1, the County police helicopter to the effort. A Facebook post by Hammond Police alerting the public was shared 2,693 times in a matter of hours and members of the public came out and assisted in the search.
Hammond Police Officer David DeBoer ultimately located Anthony hiding in a bush in an area near his home. Lt. Kellogg was quick to point out that the effort of all involved was appreciated “. . . we want to thank all members of the community and the media who helped to spread the word about the missing child and to everyone who came out of their houses and walked the rainy streets side by side without officers searching. It is truly inspiring to see how the residents from Hammond and Calumet City came together with law enforcement for a common goal. It really is the true meaning of community. We are proud to serve to you all.”