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‘My little hero’ – Mother talks about 8-year-old son who died trying to save others

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Fund for family of Tyler Doohan

There is a fund set up through to pay for 8-year-old Tyler Doohan’s funeral and other family expenses following the fire Monday in Penfield, New York that killed the boy, his grandfather and uncle. News reports and the local fire chief say that Tyler woke up and alerted the nine people in the single-wide trailer of the fire. Six escaped, including Tyler, who went back in after his grandfather and uncle.

Lynette Adams, WHEC-TV:

Crystal Vrooman told me she is so proud of her son. This young man not only woke up a house full of sleeping people to warn them of fire, but he went back to try to save his grandfather. 

NY Penfield Doohan

“I’ve cried so much, I’ve cried so much it just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know, it’s just so hard. I’m never going to see him again,” said Vrooman. 

The pain is so great, Crystal Vrooman is almost at a loss of words. She gains strength as she talks about her son, Tyler Doohan, the child she says only wanted to have friends.

NY Penfield Doohan mother



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  • Fire21

    May God be with her and the family for comfort and support.

    I think the media should have left her alone. She’s hurting so much, and I feel the reporter was just too soon to approach her. JMHO.

  • Jonathan Palmos

    Wow. Hope the local does something a little special for his service. He was obviously born with it in his blood. Too bad he left. RIP.

  • volunteer for life

    This kid should get an honorary line of duty death funeral. Hope local fd steps up. What A special little guy.