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A big – but quiet – welcome for Caleb: Community invited to celebrate Walnut boy’s homecoming

Caleb Clausen
Caleb Clausen

WALNUT – Folks from all around the region are invited to help welcome home Caleb Clausen, the 6-year-old severely injured when he was struck Sept. 19 by a semitrailer.

Caleb, son of Ben and Annie Clausen, was hurt when he drove his electric mini-bike off a driveway and into the path of a westbound semi on state Route 92. He has been recovering, first in Peoria and then in Chicago.

He and his family will arrive on the village’s eastern entrance around 12:30 or 1 p.m. Friday, escorted by police, an ambulance and fire truck, with no sirens. They will come in on state Route 92, head up Red Oak Road to Fifth Street, and then go north on Fifth toward their home.

People are invited to gather with signs of support starting at the water tower on Red Oak, but must make no noise as the vehicles pass, out of respect for Caleb’s delicate medical condition, organizer Michele Davis stressed.

“Make signs, wave and smile, but please, no honking, no screaming, no clapping, and do not try to touch or get near their vehicles,” Davis said. “We are all excited, and we are all proud to be a part of our miracle’s homecoming, but we have to put his health and safety first.”

The Walnut Police Department has ordered no parking along Red Oak Road from Route 92 to Fifth Street, and up Fifth, and organizers ask that parking lots near the welcome-home route be saved for family and handicapped attendees.

Volunteers are welcome to help decorate posters from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Walnut Senior Center, 132 S. Main St.

TO WATCH

Those who can't attend still can watch Caleb Clausen's homecoming live on Facebook, at facebook.com/pray4caleb/

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