A boy who went missing for three days from his family's Upper Hunter property has been reunited with his rescuer in celebration of a day for emergency volunteers.
NSW SES volunteer, Gregory 'Bluey' Chalmers, was the first person to reach the non-verbal boy.
Ahead of the SES Wear Orange Wednesday Day, AJ and his family had the opportunity to reunite with Bluey and tell him the best news since AJ was found alive and well.
"[AJ] said his first word a few weeks ago and it was blue," AJ's mum Kelly said.
Bluey put his hand up for the search last year even though it meant giving up Father's Day with his children and new grandchild.
"There were predictions for rain, cold and winds. I told my wife there's a little fella missing and I can't stay home while he's out there," Bluey said.
"Of all the land searches I've been on, they have been recoveries. And for this to be a rescue, it's probably the best thing you can ever do in your life."
AJ's older brother, Michael, said he was grateful for the efforts of the SES and other emergency services.
"I want to say thanks to Bluey for finding AJ because I like hugging him and when you hug him, he holds you so tight," Michael said.
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