Ty Anthony Duckette, an 8-year-old from Queens boy became the ultimate hero by sacrificing his young life and trying to save his younger 17-month-old brother Daniel from the flames of a fire that engulfed their house.
According to WCBS TV, neither child made it out alive. Their numb and grieving mother Sonia Wilson is speaking out about her son’s heroic, yet tragically fateful decision. She said Ty Anthony’s actions were entirely in character. The mom told WCBS that “Ty Anthony was an ‘A’ student, one of the top five students in the class. Always helpful, always ready to help anyone in anyway possible. He loved all his siblings.”
The brave 8-year-old was safely outside his burning home after his grandmother got him outside, but he ran back in after his grandmother to save his younger brother.
Ty Anthony’s mom returned home after taking three children to school Thursday morning and did food shopping only to find the back bedroom on fire.
Her baby was dying and her boy missing. Firefighters performed CPR on the children in front of the 182nd St. home and rushed them to Jamaica Hospital but the boys could not be revived. Both children died of smoke inhalation.
The children’s estranged father told news sources that “Ty Anthony is a hero. He’s a good kid. I love him and I always will.”
They had just been to the park yesterday playing tag. He never thought it would be the last time they would go to the park together.
Investigators believe faulty lighting in the building blew and ignited some combustible materials in the home, sparking the blaze.
The shattered family and their four surviving children are being sheltered by the Red Cross.
Queens City Councilman James Sanders Jr. has started a fund for the family, called the “Ty Anthony and Daniel Fund.” For more information, Sanders said to call 3-1-1 and mention his name and the fund.
Video Link from WCBS News
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