Firefighter hurt on the job returns home, gets hero's welcome

It was a hero's homecoming Wednesday for a southwest suburban firefighter critically hurt on the job just after Christmas.

For Lieutenant Clint Sanders and his family, it was an emotional homecoming.

“This is so overwhelming...we can't believe it. But he's home and that's all that matters,” said wife Sheila Sanders.

Clint Sanders just got out of the Loyola Medical Center burn unit. He was critically injured doing his job for the Roberts Park Fire Protection District.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how a small fire in a house in Justice two weeks ago quickly escalated and overtook him.

Clint suffered burns on his hands and face, plus smoke inhalation.

There's still a long recovery ahead. Clint’s wife has quit her job as a nurse to take care of him.

So, his firefighter family has stepped up to help pay the bills. A GoFundMe page they started has raised more than $50k.

The firefighters say knowing that the person next to them has their back, it keeps them going.

The Roberts Park Fire Protection District is also taking donations at its station for the family.