Matt Dawson & wife Chanda welcomed back to Lubbock on Thursday.
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Firefighter Matt Dawson back on Texas soil for the first time in more than half a year.
"Matt, welcome home. Man, we missed you," LFR Chief Shaun Fogerson said on Thursday.
Dawson is the lone surviving victim of a crash on I-27 in January, that killed both Fire Lt. Eric Hill and LPD Officer Nicholas Reyna.
"The man sitting right in that red vehicle right here in front of you, left out of that fire station over there, and a firetruck to render assistance to someone he had never met and began a journey that he is still on today," Fogerson said.
That journey, one full of countless surgeries and physical therapy, all with his wife Chanda by his side.
"It's on our minds all the time and we're constantly looking for updates," firefighter Dustin Brown said.
Brown worked alongside Dawson at Fire station 2.
"Matt's stronger than all of us. And we knew that. He's very persistent and determined to take care of the goals that he's set forth. And this is no different and he's going to make a miraculous recovery and gonna keep pushing forward," Brown said.
Not only was today a big welcome home, there was also a big surprise in store for Matt Dawson and his family.
"My purpose here today is to welcome you home, see if it's okay if you'll allow us to build you a home," Stewart Townsend, West Texas Hero Homes, said.
That priceless gift, unmatched by what he's already given back to the Lubbock community with his story, hope.
"These firefighters really care about everyone in the world and they want everyone to be safe," Hayden Brown said.
"Can't stop, won't stop. That's something that we kind of live by right now. We can't stop doing what we're doing, to get better and take care of ourselves and take care of each other," Dustin Brown explained.
The journey is not over just yet.
Dawson will continue undergoing physical therapy at the Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute in town.
His brothers at the fire station hoping, he will be back soon.