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Injured E. Texas firefighter back home to recover

TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -

There was good news Wednesday for an ArkLaTex fireman injured last month while on duty.

Dakota Huddleston was released from a Texarkana hospital 31 days after being injured fighting a fire in southern Miller County.

Huddleston is a Texarkana, TX fireman and fire chief for Bloomburg, TX. A wall of a building on fire fell on him and pinned him to the ground as he was battling the flames.

"Once I got my composure I knew I was hurt, I was hurt pretty bad," Huddleston said.

He was first taken to University Health Shreveport and later transferred to CHRISTUS St. Michael hospital in Texarkana.

"I broke my leg, I broke my tib/fib, I fractured my pelvis, ruptured my bladder and fractured my l-3 vertebrae," he said.

And what was the first thing he was going to do when he got home?

"I am going to hug and kiss my little girls, London and Boston," he said.

There has been a lot of support for Huddleston by his fellow firefighters. Signs boasting that support could be found at different fire stations in Texarkana.

"The prayers and support that I have got have been amazing," he said.

Don Rich, another Texarkana, TX firefighter, is one of Huddleston's supporters.

"We try to support each other as best we can," Rich said. "He is one of our brothers and we are just trying to do the best we can to get him back as quick as we can."

With all he has been through, Huddleston said he is looking forward to getting back on his fire engine.

"I will still be able to be a fireman," he said. "I will be able to go back to work. I don't know when. I will be able to go back to work. I am able to keep doing my job."

Huddleston returned home just in time for a fundraiser in his name this weekend in Queen City, TX. The event will be held in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on Houston Street.

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