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Honorary firefighter Tyler Doohan – Funeral for hero child

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A funeral for Tyler Doohan, Lewis Beach, and Steve Smith was held today at Saint John of Rochester Church in Fairport. Tyler has inspired people from across the country with his heroic actions the morning of the fire.
NY Penfield firefighters at funeral for Doohan 1-29-14
Provided by St. John of Rochester Catholic Church
Crystal Vrooman, Tyler’s mom, was visibly shaken when she took the podium. “I know you are watching this, and you should be so proud of yourself. You were honored as a fireman and you were only 9.
You made me the proudest mother anybody could ever be,” Vrooman said.
NY Penfield Doohan helmet

Annette Lein, Democrat & Chronicle

Dave Andreatta, Democrat & Chronicle:

The family of Tyler Doohan did not want a funeral procession.

But that did not stop a steady stream of cars from filing into the parking lot of St. John of Rochester Catholic Church in Perinton on Wednesday to pay their respects to the boy whose heroism touched hearts around the globe.

Firefighters from departments around the Rochester area and as far away as Buffalo lined the walls of the lobby church wearing dress blues and white gloves. Outside, fire engines lined the streets and firefighters directed traffic.

At the entrance to the church, Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer held a white and red helmet with a shield bearing Doohan’s name, which he presented to Doohan’s mother.

“We consider him an honorary firefighter,” Ebmeyer said.


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  • Patty Ratliff

    We should never underestimate a child. We never know on the inside what that child could be! May be that hero, an angel that others can’t see, but our Heavenly Father sends them to us…to you…and to me.

  • volunteer for life

    Good job brothers!! Breaks my heart this story.

  • Cindi Hall

    Thank you Penfield FD for stepping up to the plate and honoring this young hero! It was very special and I am sure greatly appreciated by his family.

  • agates1272

    This story breaks my heart, because I have a boy his age. What an amzing thing he did, completely selfless. And what an incredible gesture by the FD to honr him the way they did. May God bless you, Tyler. You have earned your rightful place among the angels. My prayers for peace go out to his family.

  • Ukfbbuff

    Tyler Doohan is an example that

    Heroic Deeds nod Actions can be done by anyone at any time irregardless of age.

    My condolences to his family and friends