For the last two months, Ward has been living in a hospital.
Ward was transported by the same firefighter who met him that bad day that Devin Kelley, 26, walked into First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and opened fire on the approximately 50-member congregation.
CBS News reports Duncan is the one who found Ryland in the church after the shooting. Ryland's stepmother, Joann Lookingbill Ward, was among the dead as well as her daughters Brooke, 5, and Emily, 7.
Ryland was rushed to the hospital and soon the young boy's mother reached out to Duncan, the firefighter said. "People at the hospital were nice and everything, but he turned 6 years old and had Christmas in there, and he just wanted to get out and get back to being kid", Earl McMahan, Ward's great-uncle, told UPI.
Ward was shot five times.
Baker said they plan on traveling down Highway 87 from La Vernia to Sutherland Springs.
"He has gone from being unconscious for the first time to being so joyful", he said. "So I picked him up and took him outside", Duncan said.
Duncan said he visited the boy throughout his stay at the hospital, where he went through "surgery after surgery", ABC News reported.
"The whole time", Duncan said.
Ryland's grandmother Sandy Ward added, "It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is".
The way home was lined with jubilant supporters holding signs along the road that read "Welcome home Ryland", "Yay buddy" and "Glad you're back!" "He just - he couldn't believe how many people were there with him".
Community members were on hand to welcome him as he passed through town.
After undergoing several surgeries, Ryland has begun to make a full recovery and has started physical therapy, Ward told TIME on Thursday.
The Wilson County Fire Department will bring Ward home in one of its fire trucks.