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Texas shooting victim, 6, goes home on a firetruck

Ryland Ward one of the 20 people injured during the Sutherland Springs church shooting got a ride home in a fire truck Jan. 11 after two months in the hospital. He turned 6 while undergoing treatment View Slideshow
Ellis Copeland | 12 January, 2018, 16:59

1st Sunday service held at Sutherland Springs church since attack Ward was shot several times in the Texas massacre that left 26 dead.

A 6-year-old boy who survived the Texas church shooting two months ago was released from the hospital Thursday - and he got a hero's sendoff.

Sparky the dog greets Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward outside University Hospital, Jan. 11, 2018. Duncan was one of the first to go inside the church.not knowing what he'd find inside.

"He couldn't wait to get out the hospital". He told six-year-old Ryland that whenever he needs him he's just a phone call away. Inside the church, Ward was the first person he noticed.

Ryland's grandmother Sandy Ward added, "It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is. He just - he couldn't believe how many people were there with him".

The truck was driven by Rusty Duncan, a member of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, the man who saved his life on November 5.

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University hospital says he is the final patient from the Sutherland Springs shooting to be released. "I had no idea what it was". "I started crying. It's wonderful to be in a small town and we love our children".

Ward stared up at Duncan with "glassy eyes" and kept staring, wordlessly, as Duncan picked him up and carried him to the ambulance.

"I met with her and talked to her then I was actually able to go to the hospital and see him for the first time", about a week after the shooting, Duncan said. "The whole time", Duncan said.

Ward reportedly has 15 percent use of his left hip and drags his left leg as he tries to walk.

Little Ryland waved to Sutherland Springs community members who had gathered on the side of the road to welcome him home from the hospital.

The outpouring of support will continue Thursday, as Sutherland Springs residents line the street to cheer on Ward's return home.

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