Decerio Coley, 8, had an opportunity to save himself from the fire that ravaged his West Baltimore rowhouse on June 16. He had just saved his 4-year-old sister Winter by breaking a second-floor window and throwing her into the arms of neighbors. They were encouraging Decerio to jump himself, but he didn’t. He ventured back into the blaze in an attempt to rescue his 6-year-old brother, Sean McCullough. Sean perished in the fire. Decerio was critically injured and died the next day.
City Councilman William A. “Pete” Welch has decided that heroism of that caliber deserves recognition from the city and plans to introduce a resolution that would rename the 300 block of N. Bruce St., the site of the fire, in Decerio’s honor.
On Decerio’s decision to risk his life to try to save his brother, Welch said, “That’s character, that’s heroism, that’s beyond anything I can imagine.”
Decerio’s mother, Rokea McCullough has said of her son, “My baby, he’s my hero. He is a soldier because [his sister] doesn’t have a scratch on her — not a one — because of him.”
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