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Injured Firefighter back on job; talks exclusively to WAFF 48's Jeanie Powell

Many of you probably remember Matt Hill.

He's the Huntsville firefighter who was run over by a car New Year's Eve and is lucky to be alive.

We're happy to report he's back on the job.

He talked exclusively with WAFF 48's Jeanie Powell.

Jeanie also first talked to Matt after his accident.

Hill says he was thankful to be alive then and he's thankful to be alive now.

His rehabilitation time was quicker than expected and now he's going out on calls with his fellow firefighters at Station 12.

He's back to doing what he loves, just with a new perspective on life.  

Hill beat the odds and is living proof that life can give you a second chance.

On December 31, 2006, while responding to a medical call on University Drive, a woman accidentally hit Hill head-on, pinning him underneath her vehicle, which then traveled 30 feet.

Here's the miraculous part, as Hill's breathing stopped, the roles reversed.

And bystanders, rushed to save him, helping his captain and a paramedic lift the vehicle.

After the accident, Hill told us God sent his rescuers to him that day.

Six months after the accident and six months ahead of schedule, he's back in full force.

Hill tells us, "I'd come up and sit with the guys whenever I was off, whenever we were on duty, so I missed it then."

Hill wanted to be a firefighter his whole life, so you can just imagine how hard the past six months have been on him, not being able to partake in his passion.

But the firefighter says it was his fellow firefighters and his family that helped him make it through.

"All these guys and family... there were always people there to help."

Intense physical therapy and two knee surgeries later, Hill's mobility is still a little off, but he feels good.

He worked hard to get back into shape.

He says, "I've been that way ever since I was a kid... If you tell me I can't, I'll do it anyway."

What did his first day back entail?

"We had two fires."

And he also helped a little girl who fell and bumped her head.

Now, each time he puts on his turnouts, Hill will have a greater appreciation of life and the people in it. 

"There won't be a day that goes by that I don't think about the guys that helped me that day."

Hill says he plans to visit those people who helped save his life as soon as he can.

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