Kennesaw State University nursing student devoted to his family and community (Marietta Daily Journal)

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec 12, 2017) — To Chris Hewitt, nothing means more than family.

During Thanksgiving week, Hewitt took a well-deserved vacation from work and school. He enjoyed the holiday with his family — which includes his wife Cassie, son Caden, 11, and nephews James, 18, and Eli, 7, whom he and Cassie adopted after Cassie’s sister died of cancer in 2012.

The time off was a rarity for him. Hewitt, 39, is working at least 40 hours a week as a police officer while carrying a full class load toward earning a nursing degree from Kennesaw State’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

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