Remembering 8-year-old killed in Penfield Fire

Updated: 01/20/2014 11:46 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 11:43 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Three people are dead after a fire in Penfield. Among the victims, was an 8-year-old boy. 

Fire officials say Tyler Doohan tried to help his grandfather and uncle out of their home during the fire, but they didn't make it. Six people did survive this mobile home fire.

 Officials are still investigating, but they believe it could have been caused by an electrical problem.

Family members tell us Tyler was spending the night at his grandparents.

Tyler was a fourth grader at the East Rochester Elementary School. We've learned he had just come to this district in May of last year, but people who knew him were not surprised at what they are calling his act of heroism.

Interim Superintendent Richard Stuntzman Jr. says the entire school district is stunned and saddened at the news of Tyler’s death.

“Learning the reason why Tyler passed this morning they were not surprised, said Stuntzman.

At the same time one staff member who knew Tyler well, says he often showed his concern and care for others.

“He was the kind of young man who would bend over backwards for anybody. He was a very caring individual always came to school with a smile on his face. Always asking what can I do to help,” said Stuntzman.

He says Tyler’s death will have a profound impact on his small district of only 11-hundred students, particularly his fellow fourth graders.

“It will definitely have an impact on his classmates coming in to school tomorrow and will and has had an impact on our staff. First off we called all of his classmate’s families to make sure they knew we had counseling in place for tomorrow,” said Stuntzman

As difficult as it may be, Stuntzman says tomorrow, teachers and staff will try to keep it business as usual.

That's not the case here in the neighborhood where this burned out trailer serves as a reminder of the horrific fire that claimed three lives, among them a courageous boy who was full of life.

Joseph Breyette, Tyler’s uncle said, “The kid's got more guts than I know of, I mean to run back in there and go through what he went through to try to save his uncle, I mean, what can you say for the kid? He's a great kid.”

The school district will have crisis counselors on hand early tomorrow morning with the help of some outside agencies. Stuntzman says administrators will bring teachers and staff up to speed on the plan for the day, but he says he wants to keep it as routine as possible.


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