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Thursday night, Saginaw County first responders had a reunion with a man who is called a miracle.
In February, 2007, Noah Dettore was involved in a serious accident on the Zilwaukee Bridge. Police say Dettore was driving in excess of 100 mph when he slammed into the back of a Michigan Department of Transportation vehicle.
Zilwaukee firefighters were among the first to respond to the accident. Fire Chief Dave Metiva said he remembers seeing Dettore and thinking he would probably not make it.
"I don't want to say it, but we had wrote him off at the scene, and it took us about 45 minutes to get him out of the vehicle, and he wasn't supposed to make it," said Metiva.
Three weeks after the accident, Dettore woke up from a coma. Doctors told him he'd never walk or talk again. Doctors were wrong. On Thursday night, in an emotional scene, Dettore shook the hand and hugged the men and women who helped save him that night.
"I'm living proof that what don't kill you makes you stronger, you know," said Dettore.
He was honored at a special fire meeting, and everyone in attendance gave him a standing round of applause. Now 30 years old, Dettore, who wasn't supposed to make it, is walking and talking proof that life is something special.
"It's not been easy, but there ain't nothing worth having, or doing, that comes easy," said Dettore.
Dettore was the first person that has thanked the Zilwaukee Fire Department, according to Metiva. The fire chief said he hopes others will come forward in the future and share their stories. He says it's supporting evidence of a job well done.
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Tuesday, June 12 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
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