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Texas boy, 8, buys smoke detectors instead of PS4

Hector Montoya, 8, had been saving money for a PlayStation 4, but used the money to purchase smoke detectors for his neighborhood instead
Texas child buys smoke detectors instead of PS4 01:16

GRAND PRARIE, Texas - An 8-year-old Texas boy had been saving for months to buy a new PlayStation 4, but a local tragedy changed his mind.

Hector Montoya KTVT

A mother and her 6-year-old child were killed by a fire nearby, and the story had a real impact on Hector Montoya. So he took the $300 he had saved and spent the money on smoke detectors.

"Saving a life is more important," Montoya said.

With the help of the Grand Prarie Fire Department, he installed more than 100 smoke detectors, mostly in the homes of elderly residents and people who reminded him of the tragedy he saw on the news.

His mother, Monty Montoya said: "Hector is passionate about things, and when he gets it in his mind to do something, then he's going to do it."

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