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Tyler Doohan laid to rest Wednesday

Fairport, N.Y. A kid through and through, Tyler Doohans fourth-grade teacher described him as the quiet hero who sat in the front row.

There is an emptiness and a void that now fills room 240," Denise Alfieri said. "Weve created memory books and weve made bracelets with his initials on them just to help us heal."

At just 9 years old, Doohan proved he was mature beyond his years when he went back into his familys burning mobile home to try and save his best friend, his grandfather.

He did not die in vain," said Christopher Embeyer, Penfield volunteer fire chief. "Instead, he showed millions of people what a true hero is. We need more people like Tyler in this world. 

A fallen hero is now part of a brotherhood. Doohan was given the title of honorary firefighter at his funeral.

At such a young age, Tyler displayed the courage that most adults do not possess," Embeyer said. "I can only hope that it will give the family some comfort knowing that firefighter Doohan has been entered into the brotherhood of firefighters that have passed before him and he will be protected by them for eternity."


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