This is one of most tragic stories I have read in a long time yet it is inspiring still. An 8-year-old boy saved six people from a fire in a mobile home – and then died trying to save his disabled grandfather.
(Here’s a link to the story on CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/21/us/new-york-boy-saves-family-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)
According to the story, Tyler J. Doohan was staying at the home of relatives Sunday night when he noticed a fire in the trailer. CNN.com reported that as emergency crews responded to the call around 5 a.m. , the young boy was able to wake six other people in the small trailer, including two more children, ages 4 and 6.
Here is additional information from the CNN.com story:
“Then Tyler went back into the blaze to help his grandfather, who was disabled and would have been unable to get out of the home on his own, (Penfield Fire Chief Chris) Ebmeyer said.
“By that time, the fire had traveled to the back of the trailer,” Ebmeyer said. “Unfortunately they both succumbed to heat and smoke.”
Their bodies were found together in a back bedroom.
Tyler’s uncle was also killed in the fire, his body found in a front room, Ebmeyer said.
Earlier, fire officials had released a mistaken version of the incident, where the grandfather and uncle’s locations were switched, due to incorrect information provided by a family member.
“It makes me really proud, it really does, but I just want him back,” Tyler’s mother, Crystal Vrooman, told CNN affiliate WHAM.
The boy broke away from his aunt outside the burning trailer and ran back inside to try to save his grandfather, she said.
We spend a lot of time criticizing kids today. They are lazy, selfish, nothing like we were when we were kids – that’s what we say. And then a story like this is reported. It shows that generation to generation we’re not that much different.
Sure, our kids play video games – we played Monopoly and Yahtzee. They are zoned in on single sports while we played everything. We went to school dances – they hang out at malls. We communicated by whispering secrets to friends or passing notes – they send text messages or Tweet. So how different are we really? Kids are kids are kids.
This young boy named Tyler did a great deed – and it cost him his life – the ultimate sacrifice. So instead of always bashing our young kids perhaps we should do things like spending more time with them, mentoring them or perhaps even convincing them to play a spirited game of Monopoly.
Let’s face it, times changes, things change, life changes. But the more things change really the more they are the same. There will always be good people and bad people. But ultimately we all start out the same. We always have and we always will.
So let’s give the kids a break. And keep Tyler Doohan in our thoughts and prayers. He was born an angel and died a hero.
— Andy Hachadorian