Funeral held for NY boy, 9, credited with saving 6 1/29/14
FAIRPORT, N.Y. - Local firefighters have adopted as one of their own a 9-year-old boy who died saving six relatives from a fire that destroyed his grandfather's upstate New York home.
A stream of cars and fire vehicles made its way Wednesday to St. John of Rochester Catholic Church for a funeral service for Tyler Doohan and the fire's two other victims.
Tyler's mother, Crystal Vrooman, said her son was a "sweet boy" whose sense of humor made everyone smile.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports (http://goo.gl/CWIqbV ) that firefighters lined the church lobby.
Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer gave Vrooman a red-and-white helmet with a shield bearing her son's name.
Tyler died on the morning of Jan. 20 as fire consumed a single-wide trailer in Penfield. His grandfather and stepgreat-grandfather also died.