PATTERSON (CBS13) — Thursday marked a big welcome home for a volunteer firefighter injured while fighting the Caldor Fire.
Stanislaus County firefighter Richard Gerety left UC Davis Medical Center in style.READ MORE: Thousands More SMUD Customers Impacted By Outage In Carmichael
He walked out of the hospital’s burn unit and straight into a fire engine for a two-hour trek home to Patterson.READ MORE: First 'Bigger Snowfall' Of Season Expected In Sierra Through Monday Morning, NWS Says
Gerety suffered serious burns over roughly 20% of his body after falling into a burned area.
“Important day and it’s a good day. We’re getting Richard to come home,” said Fire Chief Jeff Gregory of the West Stanislaus County Fire Protection District. “He’s been here 30 days I think exactly today and it’s time for him to come home and be with his family.”MORE NEWS: New California Animal-Welfare Law Could Push Pork Prices Higher
Aside from being a volunteer firefighter, Gerety is also a tractor mechanic. So doctors worked very hard taking care of his hands so he could get back to work.