Fire victim's father: 'I can't stop crying' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fire victim's father: 'I can't stop crying'

Cameron Jett (Source: Family) Cameron Jett (Source: Family)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The family of the only child to make it out of a deadly house fire Monday came to a crucial end-of-a-life decision for their beloved child.

Cameron Jett, 8, has been on life support since firefighters pulled him out of his burning Memphis home. Nine of his family members--6 brothers and sisters and 3 adults--all died in the fire.

Cameron's family said they made the difficult decision to allow doctor's to take Cameron's organs and use them to help other families in need.

"He's still on life support, because if I could help somebody--or if somebody could save my child--I would want them to do that," Cameron's father, Ernest Jett, said of the decision to donate Cameron's organs. "It hurts. I can't stop crying."

Jett said he came to reality Wednesday that his son was not going to make it. 

"God already did what was done and I'm not God," Jett said. "I'm not going to let my son suffer no more."

Per the family's request, doctors spent the day Wednesday taking little Cameron's organs as he remained brain dead and on life support.

Several fundraisers are taking place for the family. You can donate to the "Ernest Jett Jr. Family Benefit Fund" at any SunTrust Bank. Shelby County School also set up a fundraiser for the family at this website.

Meanwhile, friends and family honored the victims of the house fire with a block party on Wednesday. 

Local businesses donated food and other items to put on the gathering. Ice cream, chips, and more were distributed to anyone who wants to come celebrate the lives of the family members killed Monday.

Organizer Larry Hunter of Sober House said it's important to him to help everyone have a moment of relief after dealing with so much grief and loss.

"We just want to make a difference, make them smile, make them forget about the pain for just a moment," Hunter said. "You don't have to have a lot of money to help, you just have to have a heart. We need to be more concerned about other people. We don't have that anymore."

Jett said he's overwhelmed with the support he's received from the community. He said without all the thoughts and prayers he received, he would be lost. 

"They were smart, intelligent, I don't understand," Jett said. "I knew I was going to see them grow up. I wanted to see what they were going to be."

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