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Greenwich teen called a hero for actions at a fire

Posted at: 09/21/2013 10:50 AM
Updated at: 09/22/2013 10:44 AM
By: Dan Bazile



Fire breaks out at a home early Saturday morning in Greenwich. A 16 year-old who was spending the night with friends is now being hailed a hero.

He's credited with saving the life of one of the residents trapped inside the burning building. Dan bazile has the story.

Firefighters were still putting out hot spots late Saturday morning at the home on Eddy Street in Greenwich. It looks like the back of the building took the brunt of the fire.

Neighbors say there was an orange glow and the smoke could be seen throughout the small community. Inside the home, 16 year-old Tylor Sherman was spending the night with his friends.

“Everybody was scrambling trying to find a phone,” says the teen.

Amid the commotion, Sherman and his friends managed to make it out safely. That's when they realized someone was still stuck inside.

“So we're yelling 'Gary, Gary'. He was not answering.”

Sherman says Gary O'Donell is a heavy sleeper, so Sherman decided to break the window to his bedroom, jolting him out of bed. Sherman says O'Donell was a little disoriented and started toward the bedroom door into the path of the intense heat and flames.

“I heard him, help me, help me. So I jumped in the house, grabbed him and pulled him out the window.”

O’Donell has burns up his arms, his face is all blisters and his hair is a little gone.

Sherman says a minute longer inside that room and they would both be in serous trouble. Instead O'Donell was taken to the hospital and Sherman is back home safe with his family who cannot believe what happened.

“One minute I was scared, next minute I'm proud,” says Joe Sherman, Tylor’s dad.

The whole community is also proud to call this 16 year-old a hero. For him, it's not a title he's comfortable with. It was just something he says he had to do.