A 9-year-old Tacoma boy was hailed as a hero for helping save 11 family members trapped in their burning home before he was overcome by smoke that led to his death.

"He's our little hero," said his grandmother, Mary Dworcak.Jonathon Swenson had escaped the Saturday morning fire but ran back when he realized the others were trapped inside. Firefighters found him overcome with smoke 20 minutes later.

Eddie Swenson said the family decided Sunday to disconnect life support for Jonathon, who suffered extreme brain damage and was being kept alive on life support systems.