Heroic Penfield Boy Laid To Rest

Published 01/29 2014 03:09PM

Updated 01/29 2014 05:20PM

A young boy who ran back into a burning mobile home to save his family was laid to rest Wednesday.

The heroic actions of Tyler Doohan, 8, inspired people near and far. When a college basketball team from Wisconsin heard the new, they reached out to show their compassion as pall bearers. Phil Budervic and his basketball team from Manitowoc, Wisconsin had no idea who Tyler Doohan was until they saw his story on the national news. The story was so inspiring to the Silver Lake College basketball team that they drove all night to be pallbearers at Tyler's funeral. They believe compassion has no end and community has no boundaries. 

"it took me emotionally and i took it to the players and i said lets talk about it, they felt this clearly plead right down the middle of our core values, compassion and community "

"It took me emotionally and I took it to the players and I said 'let's talk about it.' They felt this clearly plead right down the middle of our core values, compassion and community," Budervic said.

People here at home and across the nation felt the selfless actions of Tyler. The eight-year-old ran back into a burning mobile home to save the people he loved most- his grandfather and great grandfather. He made the ultimate sacrifice and on Wednesday all three were laid to rest together. 

"He's a brave boy; very brave," Elizabeth Perry said.

At his funeral, the Penfield Fire Department presented Tyler's family with a helmet. It symbolizes that Tyler is an honorary Penfield firefighter. The men stood solemnly as Tyler's mother Crystal and the rest of the family said goodbye to their hero.

"Out of this comes the example that even though he was only eight years old he displayed an amount of courage that most people couldn't in their entire lives," Chris Edmeyer said.

Inside St. John of Rochester Church, Crystal Vrooman could not hold back her tears. When talk to the congregation about how her son was the light of her life, she said "I wish you were here for me to hold you. I know you don't want to see us sad, but we will see you again someday; and we will be happy again. You will never be forgotten." 

Tyler's neighbor created an online fund to help the family who lost everything. People from all over the world have been donating. Now the fund has more than $60,000. 

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