An eight-year-old New York boy is being hailed as a hero after saving six people from a mobile home fire, dying as he attempted to save his grandfather.
East Rochester’s Tyler Doohan convinced his mother to let him spend the night with his grandfather when the fire broke out early Monday morning sometime after 4 am.There were nine people total in the trailer, and authorities believe Tyler was able to help wake up and lead six family members out of the fire, including two 4- and 6-year-old children.
Once outside the trailer, family members say Tyler realized his grandfather had not made it out, and he went back inside to save him. Firefighters responded to the emergency around 4:45 am, but Tyler and his grandfather were both found dead inside the trailer, along with the boy’s uncle.
“It makes me really proud, it really does. But I just want him back,” Tyler’s mother, Crystal Vrooman told local ABC affiliate WHAM.
“All I could think about is how he couldn’t breathe,” she added. “I’m just so grateful that he went with people that he loved … He didn’t go alone.”
The six family members who made it out of the trailer alive were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.
“The roof had collapsed on the front half of the trailer and one of the individuals was found there, probably on a couch, but there was nothing left to even see if it was furniture,” Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer said to the Democrat and Chronicle. “In the rear, there was a bedroom and the other deceased male was found in a bed. The child was a few feet way.”
“He saved those other six people,” he said.
Along with Tyler’s relatives, the trailer was also home to numerous animals. According to CNN, several dogs, cats, hamsters, and a rabbit died in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though officials speculate that it could have been caused by an electrical problem.
Tyler’s actions have inspired the local community, and the interim superintendent of the fourth grader’s school district said the boy “bravely and selflessly” gave his own life.
“I just got an email from one of our staff members, who when they heard Tyler had gone back in, or continued to help his grandfather get out of the burning building, they were not surprised at all,” Richard Stutzman told WHEC Rochester.
“That’s the type of young man he was, and in my heart and the heart of East Rochester, he’s a true hero.”
That’s right across the river from me… If you don’t reblog this I’m judging
Rest in peace
No one is forced to reblog this ok. But goddamn it, this touched my heard in another level …
Rest in peace.
Pakistani teenager Aitzaz Hasan died Monday after tackling a suicide bomber trying to enter his school. By sacrificing himself, he saved the lives of the 2,000 students studying inside. Hasan’s father says, ”My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”
This is bravery. This is selflessness. This is true courage.
why isnt this all over the worlds newspapers this is truly amazing!!!!!
I’ve moved, to sparksd2145.tumblr.com (or simply iamauto.me). Should I find time to return to my hobby-oriented videos or music, I will reboot this page.
Just a final update. I am going to take time to focus on better defining myself and my goals, and become a better version of myself.
MitiS & MaHi - Blu
Source: SoundCloud / MitiS
Been working on this VIP for a while, was due for release on an EP with Preyfour and Mizuki, but that kinda fell off the map, so I finished this up! Free music! Enjoy.
Original Remix: https://soundcloud.com/drdeimos/backflip-dinosaur-dr-deimos
Original Track: https://soundcloud.com/preyfour/preyfour-mizukis-last-chance-1
Source: SoundCloud / Dr. Deimos
I get sad at the hotel, so I play songs and try to improve in playing them. The hotel piano’s a bit out of tune, but it’s therapeutic.
Source: SoundCloud / SparksD2145
My awesome partner gave me a TRON-themed cake; may they make statues in her honor.