Boy Dies After Saving Family From House Fire

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The last time Crystal Vrooman hugged her son goodbye, he had a huge smile on his face. Vroonman said he was excited about spending the night with his grandfather.

"It was his best friend and he tried to save him," Vroonman said.

Tyler Doohan, 9, died early Monday morning (Jan 20) after a fire ripped through his grandfather’s mobile home. Tyler helped wake up six family members before going back inside the home to look for his grandfather.

Read more on this story from our CNN affiliate in New York WHAM.


  • Joshua J.

    Only 9 years old, and this young man is a hero. A true hero. God bless you, Tyler. 9 years on this Earth, and he leaves a legacy that will last forever. This town should honor his sacrifice with a monument or a statue. What courage….Rest forever in peace, hero.

  • polt88

    I have had my grandson since birth. When my mother died I was devastated. He never left my side, this beautiful, compassionate, helpful boy. I thot of him when I read this and broke down. That little boy did not leave his grandpa’s side, and is forever there. My grandson is six. I completely understand the love this young man showed, and the brevity of his action cannot be thoroughly described. There aren’t enough words in any language

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