2-year-old Reunited With Chattanooga Firefighter Who Saved His Life

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Updated: 12/09/2013 7:14 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - It's a reunion that's nothing short of a miracle.

Shondell Jackson, Tyler Jackson's mother, says, "Just overwhelmed."

The last time Chattanooga firefighters saw Tyler, 2, Captain Dean Rogers was pulling his fragile body out of a burning home.

Captain Randy Steele with the Chattanooga Fire Department, says, "It's amazing to see him. The last time we saw him he was in more pain than anyone should ever have to go through."

Georgetta Jackson, Tyler's grandmother, adds, "At Erlanger they was like 50/50 chance."

Eight months ago, Rogers and Senior Firefighter Kyle Duggan, managed to squeeze through security bars at a home on Rawlings Street.

That's when Rogers found Tyler and his brother Tyrell severely burned.

Unfortunately, Tyrell died at the scene.

Shondell Jackson says, "Last night I was looking at pictures from christmas last year. I just cried my eyes out."

This Christmas, the Jackson's might not know what caused the fire that changed their lives, but they do know they're thankful that this little hand can touch this steering wheel; thankful for the men who are the definition of brave.

Georgetta Jackson adds, "We didn't want to send a card, no nothing. We wanted to do it in person."

The Jackson's say Tyler doesn't ask what happened on that day, or what these scars are doing on his face.

Georgetta Jackson adds, "To him, he feels like a normal 2-year-old."

A normal 2-year-old who has a fascination for fire trucks.

Right now, Tyler might not understand the importance of this reunion, but family members say one day he'll understand that he met heroes on December 9th 2013.

Tyler will need surgeries throughout his lifetime as a result of his injuries.


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