Boy nearly drowns, Panama City firefighters honor him in his fight for life
For Messiah Jones' family, 2018 is a year they say they never want to relive.
"The neurologist that had came and seen him stated that it didn't really look too good, he might be a vegetable," said Tara Palmer, Messiah's mother.
Messiah was four at the time, when he fell into a pool.
"My boyfriend's actually the one that found him. He was under the water when he got there to the pool and when we got to the hospital, we wasn't really doing much, his vitals were really bad," said Palmer.
Then he was in a coma, only to wake up about three weeks later.
"That was like the best day of my life. Like really. Like him waking back up, like they told me he might not, he might just vegetable. That's it," said Palmer.
Since then he's re-learned some of the most basic skills.
"He wasn't walking, he has a trache, a feeding tube. It's been a rough journey," Palmer explains.
Fast forward, and it's a story of strength for six-year-old Messiah.
"He's come a long way, like from what everybody expected, he wasn't gonna do much but he's really like exceeded all that," said Palmer.
Now those who took life saving actions on Messiah, are honoring his fight for life.
"I told Messiah's mother, you can't have a come back without a setback, this kid's a comeback, I mean this is the craziest story, love it. This is why we do it," said Shanen French, with Panama City Fire Department.
Panama City Firefighters are making Messiah one of their own through the Lids 4 Kids program.
He now wears a firefighter helmet with his name on it and shirt to strut his stuff in.
"To see this, it's why we do what we do. I mean you're trying to do the best job that you can and this is a prime example of why we do what we do," said French.
"I really appreciate how the community comes together on things like this, you know I really do think that everyone should know Messiah's story because it is like inspiration, like don't ever give up, just keep going," said Palmer.