Updated: 02/01/2014 1:05 PM
Created: 01/31/2014 6:38 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
East Rochester basketball players paused to honor a classmate Friday night, after he was tragically killed nearly two weeks ago. The players dedicated their game to the nine-year-old, Tyler Doohan, who was a 4th grader at their school and died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a fire at his home.
Fire officials say Tyler first noticed the fire while his family was sleeping, and saved several of them by waking them up. But he died after going back inside the burning mobile home to rescue Lewis Beach and Steven Smith. All three of them didn't make it out.
Earlier Friday, we learned his great-grandmother, Barbara Beach, died from injuries she suffered in the fire.
At the game, it was a super hero's welcome, and even though Tyler is no longer with us, he was present on every shirt that the East Rochester basketball team had made up with Tyler’s picture on it.
Keith Butler, a JV player said, “He was awesome in gym. I saw him a couple times we was great.”
Not everyone on the JV or varsity team knew the fourth grader, but when they heard how he ran back into a mobile home that was on fire to try and save his family, they wanted to remember him in a special way.
Mat Ciclero, a JV player said, “He had a lot of heart to go back in and save his grandpa. We went in the huddle and we said we were going to dedicate the game to him.”
It started with a player adding Tyler’s name on his sneakers, but grew into the shirts. They read Tyler, East Rochester/Penfield super hero.
Patrick Walsh, the JV coach said, “What he was able to do, it just the kids being so young and maybe not knowing what he was going back for, it puts it in perspective life and sports and how well you can treat other people.”
These basketball players aren't the only ones wearing these shirts. Shirts were also made for Tyler’s mom and sisters along with his fourth grade teacher. Both the East Rochester JV and the varsity teams won Friday.