5-year-old Sutherland Springs massacre survivor escorted home from hospital

SAN ANTONIO – After months of recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in the Sutherland Springs church shooting, survivor Ryland Ward was released Thursday from University Hospital.

Ryland rode home in style -- in a bright red fire truck from the Wilson County Fire Department.

A spokesperson with the University Health System said Ward is the last patient to be released from its care. Some members of the Sutherland Springs community will be on hand to welcome Ward home.

WCFD Fire Marshal Edwin Baker told KSAT.com that most of the personnel who will provided Ward’s escort are the first responders who arrived at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs following the shooting that left 26 dead and 20 injured on Nov 5.

Baker said they traveled down Highway 87 from La Vernia to Sutherland Springs. 

Some members of the community gathered on the highway’s shoulders in the grassy areas to welcome Ryland home, but were asked to give the Ward family privacy once law enforcement officials arrive at Sutherland Springs.

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