Two boys remembered for their bravery

Overcome with gratitude and emotion, a family is mourning the loss of two young boys killed in an early Monday morning fire.  
The family says the crowd that gathered for a Friday evening vigil proves just how heavy the loss is. 
"My babies touched so many lives in the eight and six years that they were here," Tiffany Bennett, their maternal grandmother said. 
"They loved everybody and especially their sister. That's why she's here without a scratch on her," Rokea McCullough, the boys' mother, explained. 
That was the message that spread quickly about 8-year-old Decerio Coley.
He was spotted by witnesses trying to save his two siblings. He got his 4-year-old sister to safety, and then went back in to get his 6-year-old brother, Sean Jr., but neither of the boys made it out.
Those actions are the reason he's being remembered by so many as a hero. 
"It's amazing. It lets you know that love and family counts over all. ... Instead of us here mourning an entire family, we're mourning two children. And nonetheless, they are heroes," Baltimore City Fire Chief, Niles Ford, told ABC2. 
"Now they live on helping other people. We had good news that both of his kidneys were donated and his heart is on its way to be donated also so he's helping other people even if he is gone," Sean McCullough Sr. said.   
It is clear that Decerio's life will continue to have an impact in more ways than one.
Not only has work begun to rename the street after Decerio, but the family was also presented with a resolution which officially put his name into Baltimore City's history books. 
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire. 
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