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Carlie Trent thanks the men who rescued her with warm hugs

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ROGERSVILLE - Carlie Trent was all smiles when she said hello and thanked the four men who helped rescue her at her homecoming party Saturday afternoon in Rogersville. 

She, alongside her sister, father and a few other family members, shook the hands of Roger Carpenter, Stewart Franklin, Donnie Lawson and Larry Hamblin. 

Carlie gave them hugs and even brought one of the men to tears. 

"I have so much to be thankful for today" Roger said. "You can’t smack this smile off my face."

Carpenter was one of the men who searched for Carlie day after day until Thursday evening when Carlie was found safe. 

"This was all about Carlie and doing what God told me to do and it paid off. It works ya’ll. My God is alive and prayer really still works," Roger shared. 

Carlie enjoyed playing with her friends, getting her face painted, playing corn hole and jumping on bouncy toys. 

Her father, James, said it's great to see her being a normal kid again. 

"I would say it’s back to normal but it’s better actually. It’s just really nice to have her back and have her bouncing around and smiling. Her smile always makes me smile. It seems like it contagious, she seems like she make everybody smile," James shared. 

James also got the chance to thank the men who found his daughter. 

"Just to come up and say thank you is just an understatement. I just wanted to make sure I gave them both a huge and know that I appreciate them for everything they done to bring my girl home," James shared. 

While the Trent family's life may never be the same, what won't change is how much the community of Rogersville cares about Carlie. 

"Let’s just hug our kids a little tighter, love them a little more. And everyone see this doesn’t happen. Lets take care of this girl," Roger shared with a smile. 

WBIR contributed to this story. 

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