Firefighters lined the streets and highways from the Texas Medical Center to Tomball Wednesday.
They weren't the only ones who stopped to salute Houston Capt. Bill Dowling as he headed home.
Dowling lost both legs and suffered a head injury while battling a hotel fire in May. When he was freed, he shouted for colleagues to let his wife know he'd be OK, according to KHOU.
Four of his fellow firefighters perished in what was dubbed the deadliest day in the Houston Fire Department's 118-year history.
KHOU reporters were at the hospital when Dowling was released Wednesday, and the fire department procession was followed by news helicopters.