We have all heard stories of brave Americans who rushed in to rescue their friends and family members from a house fire or some other dangerous situation, giving their lives in the process. We may not all be familiar, however, with the tragic story of Tyler Doohan, the young boy from New York State. The eight-year-old was able to rescue six of his relatives from a trailer fire earlier this year before perishing, along with his grandfather, whom he was also trying to save.
Tyler, of East Rochester, had been visiting with family members in Penfeld, NY, in their single-wide trailer. On January 19th, he noticed flames and called authorities. Instead of vacating the trailer while authorities responded, however, the young boy insisting on waking his other family members, including two children who were four and six years of age. He was able to get six of them out of the trailer safely.
Tyler’s grandfather was disabled and was not able to escape from the trailer on his own. When the eight-year-old returned to help him, they both died inside the trailer. Responders found them together on the grandfather’s bed, where it is assumed the boy was trying to lift his grandfather to carry him outside when both were incapacitated by the substantial smoke and flames.