‘Saving a life is more important,’ Boy uses video game money to protect strangers

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GRAND PRARIE, Texas (CNN) – A fire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son has inspired a little boy to go on a mission to help save others.

8-year-old Hector Montoya is like a lot of little boys.

He loves playing with friends and is waiting to get his hands on the latest video game.

Montoya told his family he wanted a PlayStation 4, so his parents told him to start saving up his allowance.

He had saved $300, about $100 shy of his goal, when something changed his mind about the purchase.

Montoya was watching the news and heard about a deadly fire that claimed the lives of a mother and a 6-year-old girl.

The family was asleep and did not have a working smoke detector.

He said, “I was saving the $300 for a PlayStation 4 but I said, ‘Saving a life is more important.”

Montoya took his money and purchased dozens of new smoke detectors.

With the help of the Grand Prairie Fire Department, Montoya installed nearly 100 devices in homes throughout the area.

Officials say he put them in homes of the elderly and of people who reminded him of the people who were killed in the fire.

Monty Montoya, Hector’s mother, said, “Hector is passionate about things and when he gets it in his mind to do something, he’s going to do it.”

Hector said, “It really hurts my heart to see people die in a fire. It really does.”