The 5-year-old Alabama boy rescued from an underground bunker after a week of captivity is set to have the “greatest” birthday of his life when he turns 6 on Wednesday, said his local pastor. Ethan was rescued Monday night after police shot and killed his 65-year-old captor, Jimmy Lee Dykes. Appearing on Today Tuesday morning, Ethan’s local pastor Michael Senn called him “very brave.” An Alabama state senator also made a statement, confirming that he was safe and happy. “Ethan is doing really well, lots of hugs and kisses going around,” he said. Alabama Gov. Robert J. Bentley said he will continue to pray for the boy and his family. “I am so happy this little boy can now be reunited with his family and friends,” he said.
HE’S OK Jimmy Lee Dykes. (Alabama Department of Public Safety)