A five-year-old boy shot in the Sutherland Springs church massacre in November is finally out of the hospital, after getting a hero’s welcome home.
Ryland Ward was shot five time when a gunman opened fire during Sunday service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5. The gunman took 26 lives.
Ryland survived, while his stepmother, JoAnne Ward, died protecting him. Two of Ryland’s sisters were also killed, according to ABC News.
Volunteer firefighter, Rusty Duncan, rescued Ryland that day, pulling him out of the church and sending him to a hospital. Duncan has regularly visited the boy since.
On Thursday, Duncan drove Ryland home in a firetruck with the sirens blaring. Duncan told CBS News Ryland loved every second of it.
“He asked me to go faster, he asked me if the siren could be louder, and he wanted me to blow the horn more,” Duncan said.
Ryland still has a long road to recovery. His grandmother says she will be by his side every step of the way.
“It’s just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is,” Sandy Ward told ABC News. “We’re just excited to get him to come home.”