Boy, 6, who was shot 5 times at Texas church rides fire truck home after months in hospital

The youngest shooting victim in a gunman's November assault on a Texas church finally got to go home this week.

Ryland Ward took five bullets and spent two months in the hospital after Devin Kelley entered First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and shot 26 people dead November 5.

Ryland was rescued by volunteer firefighter Rusty Duncan, who visited the little boy through weeks of recovery and, fittingly, was the one to escort him back home.

With dozens of people gathered on a South Texas highway, Ryland got to gleefully ride home in a fire truck.

"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 told CBS News.

Among the 26 fatalities in the shooting was Ryland’s stepmother, JoAnne Ward, who died while shielding Ryland. His two sisters were also killed.

Ryland is now back home with his mother. He also still has his father and a sister.

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Some of the victims of the Texas church shooting
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Some of the victims of the Texas church shooting
Haley Krueger was described as a beautiful and vibrant girl who had dreams of becoming a NICU nurse, according to a GoFundMe set up in her memory. She was 16. 

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Annabelle Pomeroy was the daughter of the pastor of the First Baptist Church. Both of her parents were out of town at the time of shooting. She was 14 years old. 

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Eight members of the same family were killed in the shooting, including Crystal Holcombe, who was pregnant. Three of her kids and her unborn child were also killed.

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Megan Hill, 9

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Gregory Hill, 13

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Emily Hill, 11

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Dennis Johnson Sr. and his wife Sara had celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in July and were members of the church for more than a decade, according to a fundraising page created in their memory.

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Bryan Holcombe and his wife Karla Plain Holcombe, were both victims of the mass shooting. Bryan was an associate pastor at the church and was reported'y preparing to lead the congregation in mass when the shooting began.

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Tara Elyse McNulty was remembered as a 'sweet, kind and loving woman, mother and daughter' on a GoFundMe page created in her memory. Her kids were reportedly injured in the shooting, but survived. 

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Lula Woicinski White was the gunman's grandmother-in-law. Her sister told the New York Daily News that 'she loved the people in her church. They were all her best friends.' She was 71.

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Joann Ward reportedly died while trying to use herself as a shield to protect her four young children.

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Brooke was killed along with her mother, Joann Ward, and her older sister. She was 5 years old.

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Emily Garza, 7

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Shani Corrigan and her husband Robert Corrigan

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Richard Rodriguez attended church every Sunday, according to his daughter. He was 51 years old.

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Therese Sagan Rodriguez was killed along with her husband, Richard. She was 66. 
Robert and Karen Marshall were new to Texas and trying out churches when they were killed in Sutherland Springs…
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