Ryland Ward, the last victim of the Sutherland Springs church shooting to leave the hospital, rode home in a fire truck closely followed by an escort of police officers, hospital officials said. Twenty-six people were killed, including Ryland's stepmother, Joann Ward, and his two sisters, Brooke Ward, 5, and Emily Garza, 7, according to the Associated Press.
Ryland was shot five times in the incident at First Baptist Church.
Stockdale Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Duncan was a first responder that morning, and began walking through the pews, checking those on the ground for pulses.
Ryland suffered massive injuries November 5 when a gunman stormed the rural First Baptist Church and slaughtered 26 people, including Ryland's stepmother, Joanne, who tried valiantly to shield her kids.
Duncan visited Ward in the hospital nearly every Sunday.
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He told ABC News that "Ryland's hand reached out from under his stepmom and grabbed my pant leg. So I picked him up and took him outside", Duncan said.
"He was heavily sedated", Duncan said, going through "surgery after surgery".
The Wilson County Fire Department will bring Ward home in one of its fire trucks.
"When I found out yesterday that they would go ahead and release him, it was really an overwhelming feeling of joy that he would be able to go out and go home". He wanted the siren to be louder. "He was having a blast". He loved that. All the people waving at him, he loved it. Ward isn't just any 6-year-old, and it wasn't just any trip home.
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