Sutherland Springs residents are expected to line the streets for Ward's homecoming Thursday.
Pictures show him grinning widely as a slew of firefighters and law enforcement officers greeted him at University Hospital, where he has spent the last two months being treated for five bullet wounds.
Memorials in Sutherland Springs, Texas, for those shot and killed in the massacre at the First Baptist Church there November 5, 2017.Memorials in Sutherland Springs, Texas, for those shot and killed in the massacre at the First Baptist Church there November 5, 2017.
Duncan, assistant chief of the Stockdale Fire Department, told ABC News that he pulled Ryland to safety.
Ryland's stepmother Joann Ward and his sisters, 5-year-old Brooke Ward and 7-year-old Emily Garza, died in the shooting.
The community can gather on the highway's shoulders in the grassy areas to welcome Ryland home but have been asked to give the Ward family privacy once law enforcement officials arrive at Sutherland Springs. "The whole time", Duncan said. "I started crying. It's wonderful to be in a small town and we love our children".
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"I was just checking for survivors, and I felt a little tug on my pant leg", Duncan said. "He walked for me for the first time".
Duncan often visited Ryland in the hospital to keep the boy's spirits up, CBS News reports.
Duncan said that as of this week, Ryland was walking again, with assistance. "Of course with my help, but he walked", he said.
"I was going to buy balloons at H-E-B (grocery store), but they donated them to me", Janie Boren said.
"It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is", Sandy Ward, his grandmother, said. But his biggest party was saved for when the 6-year-old finally left the hospital and returned home Thursday. "He just - he couldn't believe how many people were there with him".