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JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- In a heinous act in March 2012, a suspect ran down three Jacksonville firefighters while working an emergency call scene. Only two of the men survived. Tuesday Jacksonville firefighters recognized one of those men.

Engineer Jason Bowmaster still faces a long road to recovery after that accident broke his femur, pelvis, five ribs, clavicle, tore a bicep and gave him a brain injury.

The dedication of a rehabilitation shelter in his name is just a harsh reminder of the risks these men take on a daily basis.

While he admitted the day was overwhelming and that he is thankful for the support, he wishes that day had never happened.

"I tell my wife if this is what being a hero feels like, I'd rather not be a hero. This is a rough day," he saod through tears.

Right now the suspect in the case, Bryce Allen, has been ruled mentally unfit to stand trial.

He is still charged with the death of Captain Donald Jones and injuring officer Daniel DiMatteo and Bowmaster while he receives treatment at the state hospital.

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