Parade Welcomes Chad and Kylie Watson Home

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MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Many of the same people who were saying goodbye at Muhlenberg County High School's West Campus during the funeral last Saturday were saying hello there this Saturday, as they welcomed Chad and Kylie Watson home from the hospital with a homecoming parade.

"I'm excited that she's finally well enough to come home and getting ready to start a new chapter in their lives together," said Georgia Mills, a family friend.

It was a moment the entire community had been waiting for, Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter Kylie's return.

"We knew they'd be coming home. We just didn't expect it to be now, but we're beyond thankful," said Tiffany Groves, who was at the parade to show her support.

They spent more than two weeks in the hospital recovering from burns they got in a house fire that killed nine of their family members.

"They're living miracles," Mills said.

About three o'clock Saturday afternoon, Chad and Kylie arrived in Greenville to signs, balloons and cheers from family, friends and even strangers.

"I told her we would all be there to support her and we couldn't wait until she got to come home," said Linzi Stirsman, Kylie's friend.

As Chad drove by Kylie was smiling in the passenger seat.

"I'm sure she was just as happy as everyone else out here. I couldn't help it, I just kept tearing up. They just kept coming," said Zanah Buck, another of Kylie's friends.

After focusing on so much loss, they were ready to look ahead.

"Seeing her is like closure and supporting her. We're glad she didn't give up when the family was lost," Buck said.

They know Chad and Kylie still have a lot of physical and emotional healing to do.

"But God will bring them through it," Mills said.

"They're Watson strong," Stirsman said.

And today at the homecoming parade, everyone was able to finally see that strength face to face once again.

"It was so touching and we love Kylie. We love you. We love you guys and we're really glad you guys got to come home," said Buck and her sister, Lillie.

The parade ended at Calvary Baptist Church in Central City where there was a time of celebration for Chad and Kylie's return.

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