January 22, 2014
All Kinds Of Kinds
The category says, "Something Wonderful", but this one comes with a caveat: "And Sad".
Friends and strangers have raised more than $20,000 to fund the funeral of an 8-year-old boy who died after saving six relatives from a fast-moving blaze in his grandfather’s trailer home in western New York.
Tyler Doohan is being hailed as a hero days after he awoke his grandmother, aunt and cousins, including two children ages 4 and 6, after spotting the fire early Monday in the single-wide trailer in Penfield. The boy's body was later found near the bed of his disabled uncle, who authorities believe he'd gone back in to save in a doomed effort as brave as it was heartbreaking.
Our society today throws the word "hero" around with such casual disregard for the veracity of whether or not the act is truly heroic. This young man, who will never grow to be an old man, knew heroic without understanding why. He knew it because it came from that place from whence comes all acts of true heroism - it was in his heart.
RIP Tyler Doohan. Know that you are were a better Man than many of your current societal peers will ever be. May they look upon your selflessness and find themselves wanting. To the family whose lives were spared by Tyler Doohan's selfless act, may you one day live in peace knowing of the great love he held for each of you.
Posted by DL Sly at January 22, 2014 04:08 PM
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The human spirit never ceases to amaze me. That a boy - someone who would normally expect to be more the protected than the protector - already understood something many adults never figure out speaks volumes.
Posted by: Cassandra at January 22, 2014 04:57 PM
Your story reminded me of one I saw the other day, but didn't get to post:
Posted by: Cassandra at January 22, 2014 05:00 PM
A hero walked unseen among us. Now, too late, we see.
Posted by: htom at January 22, 2014 11:25 PM
May we be worthy of such a soul.
Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at January 23, 2014 09:15 AM
Wow. Holy Shit. Wow!
Posted by: CAPT Mike at January 23, 2014 08:37 PM
I just love when a sailor is moved to eloquence.
Posted by: DL Sly at January 23, 2014 08:50 PM