8-Year Old Saves 6 People, Dies Trying to Save 7th
8-year old Tyler Doohan bravely ran into the fire devouring his home to save his family members. He managed to pull 6 people from the building before succumbing to the flames trying to save one more person.
Firefighters found Tyler’s body in the small back bedroom of the trailer next the body of his disabled Uncle Steve, who he was trying to save. His grandfather also perished in the blaze.
The fire started at 4:45 am and spread quickly through the over-occupied trailer with nine people. Tyler woke six of the nine occupants, including two other children ages 4 and 6. Tyler’s grandmother, aunt, and cousins escaped, thanks to the young boy.
Neighbors said the family had been told the trailer had been deemed unlivable on at least one occasion, and the roof and windows were replaced just this past year. Tyler’s grandfather, Louis Beach, who perished in the fire had been told too many people were living on the property.
Part of the reason so many people were living in the home was because longtime resident Beach opened up his trailer to family members who needed a place to stay.
Tyler was enrolled as a fourth-grader in the East Rochester Central School District where officials Monday called him a “hero.”
"It is extremely important to remember that according to emergency personnel, (Tyler) was the person who discovered the fire and tried to wake the eight other people in the residence at the time. In bravely and selflessly giving his own life, he was able to save the lives of six others — and he is truly a hero."
Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer said that trailer fires had been more prevalent in the past few weeks.
At least in this case, the loss of life was mitigated by one brave little boy.