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Father thanks crew that rescued son from cliff

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Jeremy Hudgins' son Joseph fell off a cliff Wednesday evening and was pulled to safety by a rescue crew. Jeremy Hudgins' son Joseph fell off a cliff Wednesday evening and was pulled to safety by a rescue crew.
EVA, AL (WAFF) -

A 4-year-old boy who fell off a cliff in Morgan County was released from the hospital Thursday and recovering at home.

Dozens of first responders helped rescue the child Wednesday night in Eva. The child's father said he wanted to thank all of the people, mostly volunteers, who pulled his son up a hill to safety.

Jeremy Hudgins also fell while trying to get to his son, Joseph. The child has some bumps, bruises and scratches but will be okay. Jeremy said his son ran out of the house, through the yard, and then fell off the cliff.

The drop was approximately 50-60 feet. Volunteers with the Eva and Oden Ridge Fire Departments, Morgan County Rescue Squad workers and other emergency personnel found a small path, formed a human chain, and passed the boy to the top of the hill. He was then loaded onto a helicopter and taken to Huntsville Hospital.

His father was emotional when speaking about the folks who rescued his son. "I'd just like to thank all the first responders, paramedics, the county sheriff. They're heroes. That was the worst experience I've ever had. No parent should ever have to see their child fall off a cliff," said Jeremy Hudgins.

Jeremy suffered a concussion and skinned his back when he fell, but he said he is doing just fine now that he knows his boy will be alright.

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