Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
Omar N. Bradley
Several days ago, a young man roused his family from sleep because the trailer they shared was on fire. He hastened six of them to safety. His disabled uncle remained inside. Eight year old Tyler Doohan, elementary school student in East Rochester, NY, reentered on a mission of rescue. He never emerged.
People from far and wide have donated money to his memory, that the struggling family would have the funds to bury their tiny hero.
That the family is now squabbling over the money is irrelevant. Penfield (NY) Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer intends a firefighter's funeral for the lad, who died in a fire in their district. Fitting. The memory of his selfless act belongs among those men and women who - scared to death - rush toward danger.
I would have been proud to serve beside you, young man.