Four months after a Dade County deputy lost his leg in a crash, he's showing vast improvement and feeling the Christmas spirit.

Major Tommy Bradford is now on crutches, and he is taking it one day at a time.

He said he appreciates his community showing their support.

"It's nice to be supported, and like, they have the whole time. Its helped a lot with my healing know the people still appreciate the job that we do, and that makes it worthwhile," Bradford said.

In August, Major Bradford lost his leg in the line of duty. He was hit while laying down spikes during the pursuit of a suspect.

Major Bradford said being the grand marshal of the Dade County Christmas Parade showed the community's true spirit of support.

The parade included dozens of floats, cars, candy and, of course, Christmas cheer.

Bradford has been on the force since 1993 and said he is still thinking about if he will rejoin the department.

He said his family has been through a lot these past few months, but he's motivated to keep moving forward.

"Doing well, slow... One day at a time. Hopefully, I get to move forward with my leg in January, still have some shoulder issues that's got to be worked out. Hopefully, I can avoid surgery; nine of them so far, but getting there," Bradford added.

Major Bradford is set to receive his new prosthetic leg in early January.

He said getting back into a normal routine is a top priority.