Funeral to be held for boy killed trying to rescue father from fire

NORRISTOWN, PA (WTXF)- Saturday morning, funeral services will be held for a young boy who was killed trying to save his father from a house fire in Norristown.

12-year-old Sanford Harling died in the fire last week, after he safely made his way out of the home, but ran back in to save his father who was trapped upstairs after recent hip replacement surgery.

Officials say Sanford became trapped in the kitchen area during his rescue efforts.

His father did survive the fire, after jumping out of a window, breaking his back.

MORE: Young boy dies in Norristown fire, while rescuing his father

FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce was in Norristown Saturday, where loved ones and an entire community came together to remember the life of this brave young boy.

He is survived by his loving mother, Dana, his father Sanford, Jr., and his siblings. His family says he loved to play football, and was a bright and comical boy.

The Sanford Harling III Memorial Fund has been launched, with a gofundme at this link, in order to help out a family that has lost everything in the fire.       



So so sad...12 year old Sanford Harling loved basketball, football and his family. He died today trying to save his...

Posted by Karen Hepp FOX 29 on Friday, February 5, 2016


Up Next:

Thank you for visiting! Please click the survey link below to tell us about your experience.

FOX 29 Website Survey

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories