Bryan welcomes home injured BFD firefighters

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 5:46pm

It was a homecoming fit for two local heroes.

Bryan's streets were lined as injured firefighters, Ricky Mantey and Mitch Moran, made their journey home.

"We've watched the pain that they've endured, the pain their families have endured and to see them come home is the most incredible thing for all of us," said Fire Chief Randy McGregor.

After spending four months in the Galveston, Mantey and Moran finally got to finish the shift they started.

Friday afternoon the two were brought back to Bryan in Engine No. 5, the same truck they rode on to respond to that February fire.

"Wow! Engine 5 brought me home today! I left in it and came home in it and let me tell you how blessed I am to be apart of an organization that cares so much about their own," Mantey said.

It was an emotional homecoming since the department still mourns the loss of their fallen brothers but a return home that everyone has anxiously been waiting for.

Mantey said, "It's an honor again to be standing up here in front of you but I do want to say, 'Not a day goes by that I don't think about the Wallace family and the Pickard family. They are truly missed and were wonderful people and I want everyone to stand up right now and give them a big round of applause.'"

While the two are home, their recovery is far from over.

Periodically they'll both still have to travel to Galveston for therapy but it's a journey they're grateful to take.

"Everyone has had my back the whole time and especially this city," said Moran. "I love this city and I'm happy to be home so thank you to everybody for everything, thank you."


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