Nine-year-old Tommy Monahan was a hero. He braved a house fire in New York to try and save his dog, Sophie, his lizard and his fish.
Tommy’s uncle said that Tommy loved animals and even had a tin can of coins in his room that he saved to give to animal charities.
When the fire broke out, Tommy made it outside safely with the rest of his family, but then he realized his pets were still inside. He broke away from his mother and went into the burning house to try and find his pets.
Tommy’s father tried to get back inside the house to save his son, but he couldn’t get past the flames and heat to reach Tommy. Tommy and his pets perished in the fire.
During his memorial service, Tommy’s family surrounded him with things that were dear to him: a plush lizard, a book about nature, a school report that he did on Sophie, his Yorkshire terrier, and the can that Tommy put his coins in to donate to animal charities.