True Heroism, A Beautiful Relationship, And A Starling Ballet *Open Thread*


The word “hero” is thrown around quite often these days, it seems. Sometimes, the moniker is justified, like the “Lone Survivor,” Marcus Luttrell, or a number of firefighters and police officers on 9/11.

And sometimes, the hero is an 8 year old boy. Earlier this week, Tyler Doohan lived out a dream of being a comic book hero by being a real-life hero. His actions saved 6 people from a fire:

[…] Tyler Doohan is being hailed as a hero days after he awoke his grandmother, aunt and cousins, including two children ages 4 and 6, after spotting the fire early Monday in the single-wide trailer in Penfield. The boy’s body was later found near the bed of his disabled uncle, who authorities believe he’d gone back in to save in a doomed effort as brave as it was heartbreaking.

“It is extremely important to remember that, according to emergency personnel, [Tyler] was the person who discovered the fire and tried to wake the eight other people in the residence at the time,” Interim Superintendent Richard Stutzman Jr. said in a statement. “In bravely and selflessly giving his own life, he was able to save the lives of six others — and he is truly a hero.”


In addition to Smith, the boy’s 57-year-old grandfather, Louis Beach, also perished, the Democrat & Chronicle reports.

Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer said Tyler “saved those six other people” from a fire that apparently started due to an electrical problem.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

Sadly, as the article indicates, Tyler’s life was lost along with his beloved grandfather, the reason he was there that night, and several other relatives. But if not for him, the loss of life would have been far greater. While I have no doubt his mother is beside herself with grief, there has to be tremendous pride in the young boy she had reared, and what he accomplished. (Donations are being collected for Tyler’s funeral. If you wish to give something, you can click here.)

What a remarkable young boy. He is a true hero.

And now to another beautiful relationship, though this one much more jubilant. You know how I love the homecomings of those serving in our military. Well, this one is of the bond between an Airman and his exuberant dog:

How precious is that? Just warms my heart to see their relationship.

Finally, I have to share this incredible story with you a friend provided me. It is an event captured by two young women who were out canoeing. It is an incredible ballet:

Isn’t that just phenomenal?? What an amazing planet on which we live. From the sheer selflessness and love of a young boy moved to sacrifice his own life to save others, to the relationships we develop with our furry family, to the glorious beauty of Nature, this is an incredible place in the universe.

This is an Open Thread. Anything goes!


34 Responses to “True Heroism, A Beautiful Relationship, And A Starling Ballet *Open Thread*”

  1. SSDD Says:

    Oh goodness…that story about little Tyler really got to me so much. How a small child could be so completely selfless to save his family is quite something and is the absolute embodiment of pure love. It is horrible he had to die doing it. I do believe that we pass on to another existence when we die though…so I know that Tyler is somewhere very happy and carefree now, as a child should be.

    The dog vid was precious….pets love us so much and ask for little from us. The world can basically crap on you, but your pets won’t ever do that to you. That bird ballet vid was just mindblowing. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life…wow.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wasn’t that just so amazing that someone so young could have such intestinal fortitude to do something like that? That his love for his family was so consuming, he put himself in harm’s way for them? Just incredible…

      Yes, our pets do indeed love us – no matter what. We can be having the worst day in the world, and there they are, loving on us. It’s amazing.

      Those starlings – wasn’t that just INCREDIBLE?? Such a beautiful dance they did…

  2. helenk3 Says:

    thank you for this post on a beautiful Sunday morning. sometimes we tend to forget the bravery, kindness and unselfish love exists in the world.
    we get so caught up in events, we forget the joy of living.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      My pleasure, Helen! I thought we could use an entire post of “Just Because” for a change. 🙂

  3. Suzy Says:

    Here’s a cute canine hero! So touching watching the firemen care for the dog as well!

  4. helenk3 Says:

    think they got the most points????

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – isn’t that just incredible?? Dolphins are such amazing creatures. And yes, I think they won! 🙂

  5. helenk3 Says:

    well if you are going to be stuck in traffic

  6. helenk3 Says:

    the fact that man went into space during my lifetime always amazes me

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    I came to post an article that had me enraged. I was so angry that I could feel the blood pumping at my temples. Then I read the beautiful stories and I felt the anger leaving me. Thank you so much. So instead of a rant, which will most likely come later, but calmer, I post this test. See how many of you can pass it.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well, you know I am always happy to read your rant, and look forward to what you were originally going to say. But I am glad the stories helped your blood pressure!

      As for your test – I must admit, I am at a loss! Bing did not help, either, I might add. 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Only age will help Rev. They are all things us old timers once had as a part of our daily lives.

        I’ll post all the answers later.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I might know the answers if I could crack what the heck the CID thing is! 😀

          (And I’m older than you might think I am! 🙂 )

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            What CID thing?

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            When I open up your post I see, “Do you know what this is?” cid:318251912@21012014-0E45. For each question, there is some cid with numbers in front of it. Weird, right?

            I thought part of the test was knowing what the hell the “cid” thing was! Evidently not! 🙂

  8. foxyladi14 Says:

    What a beautiful post Amy.Thank you. 🙂
    See if this works Thanks Helen.

  9. foxyladi14 Says:

    Button up your Overcoat. And lt the water drip. 😦

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Uh, yeah – SO not looking forward to this. We already have bees coming to get water at the birdbaths. I am very worried abt what will happen to them when the weather turns so cold…

    • justine Says:

      We are experiencing record warm temps in Fairbanks. Maybe we’re not polar enough. (I don’t understand how warm weather from here can get vortexed into frigid temps down there. I’ll have to read up.)

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        justine, I had no idea you live in Alaska!! Wow! Love your state – can’t wait to get back there.

        And yes – that is pretty crazy abt y’all’s temps. Our weather guy kept breaking into shows last night because of the potential for icing today (we do have a lot of bridges around here, but still – not like he wasn’t already on during the commercials). Crazy weather down here!

        • justine Says:

          Thanks, RRRA. I love Alaska, too. 🙂
          I feel for those in the south having to contend with the cold.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Well, as you may have heard on the news, many places in the South, especially Atlanta, didn’t deal with it very well. At least here, they gave us ample warning. Heck, UPS even had their drivers stay home yesterday to be safe rather than sorry. I thought that was a good idea, especially since we have so many bridges here, and so few trucks to deal with this kind of weather (I mean, really – we RARELY get it, so there is no reason why they should have a bunch). Anyway, things are going to warm up tomorrow, so that should be the end of our icy weather!

  10. helenk3 Says:

    check your credit card bills

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Okay, all my Trey Gowdy lovers – here is the good Representative from SC taking on Obama’s overreach:

  12. helenk3 Says:

    this is an interesting article/

    are the backtrack bunch going to victims of ” Irish Diplomacy ?”

  13. helenk3 Says:

    pay it forward

  14. helenk3 Says:

  15. helenk3 Says:

    Pete Seeger dies. may he RIP

  16. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Hey, justine – in our paper today was an article abt the rifle teams from the Citadel just returning from FAIRBANKS! Yep, they were there for a match. How cool is that? Considering they were in front of a temperature board reading 4 degrees, I am guessing they were plenty cool, but you get my point. 😀

    • justine Says:

      That Citadel team probably enjoyed the warm temps. 🙂

      The UA Rifle Team usually does pretty well. I believe there are both shooters and bi-athletes. Suppose the Citadel team was shooters.

      Alaska usually has some bi-athletes in the Winter Olympics.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – yeah, and then they come home to ice and snow here – go figure! But hey – it’s going to be in the 60’s here this weekend, so back to normal for us! 🙂

        That is so cool abt the bi-athletes from UA. Doesn’t surprise me that they usually have some in the Olympics. Neat!

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