Norman’s mother recalled trips down to Camden, the site of the Arkansas police academy, to visit Wooten. “They’re real strict but they’ve got that sense of humor, too.” Growing up wasn’t easy for Tommy and Tammy, who have a different father from their other siblings.
“We’d go down there to visit and Tommy would look at his gun and he’d pick up his badge and just stare at it,” Mills said. Their father, Dean Norman, wasn’t greatly involved.
He’s now an evangelical minister, preaching at various churches.
Michael and his mother both credit a strong Christian home life for Norman’s kindness and drive for public service.
Crosses hang in Mills’ North Little Rock apartment, alongside family photos and news clippings about Tommy.
On a nearby bookshelf is a folded and framed American flag from Harold Mills’ funeral.
But since he exchanged numbers with Guiden at the Walgreens on Mc Cain Boulevard two years ago, he believes he has found the person that he has been looking for. Wooten retired as the police chief of Hot Springs Village.
Norman idolized him, and looked up to the officers who patrolled North Little Rock in his youth.These are gifts meant for specific people featured in his Instagram account and toys and goods for Norman to distribute on his beat.The week after the Go Fund Me page for Norman’s community efforts went live, the department’s public relations department was repurposed to sort and distribute the deluge of packages and to handle interview requests.The older children’s father, Harold “Chuck” Mills, was often kept from the family by his service in the Army and Air Force.Eldest brother Michael Mills filled in as a father figure.His girlfriend, Rosalynd Guiden, has a 3-year-old son, Riley Hamilton.