By CBS13 Staff

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.

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He walked out of the hospital’s burn unit and straight into a fire engine for a two-hour trek home to Patterson.

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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.”

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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.