Outpouring of support for the East Rochester nine-year-old who died while trying to save others

Updated: 01/23/2014 6:49 PM
Created: 01/23/2014 3:15 PM WHEC.com

There has been an incredible outpouring of support for the East Rochester nine-year-old who gave his life trying to help others in a deadly fire earlier this week.

Tyler Doohan was killed while trying to save his grandfather and his disabled uncle from a mobile home in Penfield early Monday morning. Following Tyler’s death, an online fundraising campaign was set up with the goal of raising enough to pay for his funeral. More than 50,000 has been raised so far for Tyler’s family.

The story of Tyler’s bravery is making an impact beyond Rochester. The coach of the Silver Lake College Lakers Basketball Team in Wisconsin was so touched by Tyler’s story that he is reaching out to Tyler’s family to have six of his players travel to Rochester to serve as pallbearers at Tyler’s funeral.

News10NBC spoke with Lakers coach Phil Budervic. He says Tyler was a hero and his offer is congruent with the school’s mission of compassion and community.

Phil Budervic, Silver Lake College Lakers Basketball Team, said, “Well, it fits very well with what we've been trying to work with our players this year. And that is we need to concentrate on removing the “me” in our lives and hold people in proper standard. Everybody, players-wise have a tendency to look to NBA players, politicians and things of this nature and label them falsely as heroes and Tyler is a true hero.”

Coach Budervic is waiting to hear back from the East Rochester Fire Chief. He says if they do come to Rochester, they will finance their trip through donations from business connections they already established or through community fundraising.


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