The word “hero” gets thrown around a lot in today’s world of media and sensationalist reporting, but I don’t think there’s a person in the world who would dispute the fact that 13-year-old Lee Henry is a hero. The schoolboy was crossing a busy Dublin road with his friends when he saw a car come from out of nowhere. He reacted instinctively and pushed a young girl out of the way of the car, saving her life. Tragically, Lee was hit instead.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lee Henry, and we know we’re not the only ones thinking of him. Henry’s friends have been writing tributes and letters to their missing mate in response to the tragedy.
As Lee Henry and his friends were crossing the busy R139 in Croolock, a car started driving towards them too quickly. Henry acted instinctively and pushed a girl out of the way, sacrificing himself in the process.
Lee was taken to Temple Street Children’s Hospital on Saturday night, but he died shortly thereafter.
The driver of the car was arrested nearby after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run. He is being held in jail at this time.