(WTHR) — Ryland Ward, 6, was welcomed home this week after spending two months in the hospital.
He was shot last fall by the gunman who opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Twenty-six people died that day, including Ryland’s stepmother and two sisters, Today reported.
He was shot five times and had to go through multiple surgeries during his recovery.
“His arm’s messed up where he was shot. His lower intestine, his bladder — it just goes on and on,” his grandmother Sandra Ward told NBC News just days after the shooting.
Firefighter Ryan Duncan came to his rescue on that horrific day. He got him to safety, and made sure to stay connected with him beyond that.
According to the Today, Duncan and his family visited Ryland in the hospital, promising the boy a ride in a fire truck once he fully recovered.
And Duncan kept his promise.
Ryland got to ride home in style, riding shotgun in a firetruck with Duncan by his side.