The little boy who made headlines this month for perishing in a mobile-home blaze after alerting the rest of his family of the fire will receive a funeral fit for a hero. Tyler Doohan was only 8-years-old when he died trying to rescue his disabled uncle from the late-night blaze. At present time, Tyler’s remains are kept company by a ceremonial honor guard of local firefighters. The little hero will be named an honorary firefighter and his parents will receive a special helmet emblazoned with his name. Following Tyler’s death, the local fire company received calls from firefighters around the country wishing to do something for the little boy.
At the service, firefighters from multiple fire departments will stand at attention in formal “Class A” dress uniforms with bagpipers playing — the hallmarks of a traditional firefighter’s funeral, Ebmeyer said. There will be no funeral procession at the family’s request.
“We want to honor him in a way family and friends will remember and look at him as a hero,” Ebmeyer said. “He should be looked at as going above and beyond, even putting his life in danger… This is what firefighters do.”