Nine-year-old boy who used his own money to buy smoke alarms continues donations - and other heroic acts of kindness

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Nov 19, 2014

 You may remember the story from earlier this year about nine-year-old Hector Montoya, who decided to buy and donate 100 smoke alarms with the money he was saving for a PlayStation 4. He did so after learning that a seven-year-old girl and her mother from Fort Worth, Texas, died in a home fire without working smoke alarms.

Montoya's kindness, generosity and empathy received tremendous national praise and attention in the weeks that followed.

Just when you'd think the story couldn’t get more touching, here’s an update: Abigail Segoviano, the surviving daughter and twin sister, and her aunt, Gloria DeHoyos, were deeply moved by Montoya’s gesture and became determined to meet him. After several months of searching, the three finally connected and met this past Sunday.

Along with bringing several gifts to Abigail, Montoya, who lives in Grand Prairie, Texas, got the Fort Worth City Council to declare Sunday as “Princess Abigail Segoviano Day.”

“I wanted to make her a princess for the day,” said Montoya, who has continued his fire prevention efforts, helping donate 2,700 smoke alarms to local families.

“He’s like a little hero for us because he’s saving people’s lives,” said DeHoyos. I have to say, he’s a hero of mine, too.