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Eight-year-old hero dies in fire, named honorary firefighter

Eight-Year-Old Hero Dies in Fire, Named Honorary Firefighter

An 8-year-old-boy helped rescue six of his relatives from a fire at their mobile home, but sadly he wasn't able to make it out himself. Brave Tyler Doohan was laid to rest with a special title: honorary firefighter.

CNN says Tyler was able to wake up 6 people to alert them of the fire and get them out safely. He then ran back inside the mobile home to try to save his disabled grandfather. Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer explained what happened next.

'By that time, the fire had traveled to the back of the trailer,' Ebmeyer said."Unfortunately, they both succumbed to heat and smoke.'

The boy and his grandfather were found together on a bed in the back room. It appears Tyler had been trying to lift him.

'With this comes the example that even though he was 8 years of age, he was able to display that amount of courage that most people can't in their entire lives.'

The funeral for Tyler, his grandfather and step-grandfather was held Wednesday, January 29th. At the funeral, Tyler's fourth grade teacher took the podium with Tyler's mother and gave a heartfelt speech.

'Monday, January 20th was the day that changed our lives forever. There is an emptiness and a void that now fills Room 240.'

Tyler's family is seeing support from all across America. A college basketball team from Wisconsin flew in to be pallbearers at the funeral after being touched by Tyler's story.

Since the tragedy, Tyler's neighbor has started a fundraiser for the family who lost everything in the fire.

As of January 30th, supporters have donated more than $60,000 -- far exceeding the $15,000 goal.

Here's that link again if you'd like to donate.

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kingofelectric January 31 2014 at 5:02 PM

True hero! Too many times that word is thrown around. Here is the definition of the word "Tyler Doohan". Rest in peace little brother.

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jvmcfla@aim.com January 31 2014 at 12:33 PM

So sad knowing that this brave young boy risked his life and died! He must have had a big heart filled with love to do this, it is tragic that he was killed along with his grandfather! YOU are a true hero and will always remain so in all of our eyes! Be at peace!

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spotapony January 31 2014 at 12:30 PM

Oh, that sweet little boy. Here was a child with a heart and a very giving spirit.

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aregens January 31 2014 at 12:20 PM

What an amazing wonderful child.

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DOMINIC January 31 2014 at 12:03 PM

THEAT 8 YR. OLD MAN IS THE TRUEST HERO ANYONE WILL EVER KNOW. HE IS FOR CERTAINTY IN HEAVAN WITH HIS CREATOR EVEN THOUGH HE WILL BE VERY DEARLY MISSED BY HIS WORLDLY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, HE IS THE HAPPIEST BOY BECAUSE HEIS SEEN THE FACE OF GOD.
I HAVE A NEARLY 7 YR. OLD GREAT GRANDSON AND READING ABOUT THIS HERO, I CANNOT HELP BUT SHED MANY MANY TEARS FOR HIS LOSS TO THE WORLD. GOD BLESS YOU FOR ETERNITY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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lajocanda January 31 2014 at 12:03 PM

Incredible story. RIP Tyler. Such uncommon courage and love at such a young age in this world will surely be rewarded in the next. God Bless him - please.

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lmql1 January 31 2014 at 11:42 AM

samjo1591
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I literally just created this account so I could respond to your post and say "no greater stupidity than what you just posted" jackass. This boy was a hero and had courage something your mindless brain obviously lacks.

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ROFLMAO

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palm2008 lmql1 January 31 2014 at 11:45 AM

Right On!!!

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schlauger1 lmql1 January 31 2014 at 1:48 PM

Imq: Pay no attention to the man snickering at his screen. From what I've read of his postings, Del is your stereotypical forum troll.

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ripic January 31 2014 at 11:02 AM

No greater hero than he who gives his life to save others

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lmql1 ripic January 31 2014 at 11:28 AM

No greater stupidity than he who gives his life to save others.

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Buzz January 31 2014 at 11:00 AM

The city is "cut off from the outside world", but they have barge and ferry services ..... sounds like you do not listen to your own words!!

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WildMtHoney888 January 31 2014 at 10:54 AM

Tyler ran back in. An 8 year old could not lift a grown man. Selflessness courage love had him run back in to try to save his grandfather. Its not hard to understand.Just so sad the adults most likely had smoke inhalation. Where disoriented and could not stop him from running back in. Which leads me to believe the fire dept had not arrived before he ran back in. Fires in trailers spread fast. You only have minutes.
http://www.westbranchtimes.com/article.php?id=2671
Faster than a older house. Newer homes fire spreads just as fast.
http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/11/07/hot-stat-todays-homes-burn-faster-than-ever/#!slide=872536

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