After being run over by a 30,000-pound water truck last June, Tyler Gallagher felt certain he was going to die.

His pelvis was crushed, bones were broken, and he had massive internal injuries and bleeding from the work accident.

But first responders cared for the 25-year-old and the GHS MedTrans helicopter rushed him to Greenville Health System, where he spent the next month undergoing major surgeries and other procedures.

On Tuesday, the North Carolina man returned to thank the firefighters, paramedics, the flight and surgical trauma teams, floor nurses, physicians, rehabilitation specialists and even blood donors who came to his rescue and pulled him through.

“When the flight crew started loading me on the gurney, I thought, I just might survive after all,” he said. "The recovery has been hard and is still going on. But every day is a blessing. I’m so grateful to be alive.”