Remembering Benjamin Reed

By Brandi Devine

January 10, 2012 Updated Jan 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM EDT

Horseheads,NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's been almost one year since an explosion destroyed a home and killed a young boy in Horseheads. The family of 15 month old Benjamin Reed lives with the shock of their loss daily.

"I woke up answered the phone and all I heard was I'm sorry I couldn't get him out and I didn't even know there was an explosion yet, Then they told me Ben was dead," says Benjamin's grandmother Staci Reed.

That phone call, 1 year ago, is ingrained in the minds of the Reed family, as they remember 15 month old Benjamin and the explosion that took his life.

"He was fun, he was always happy, he never hardly ever cried, very caring, always sharing with everyone. He'd probably give a child the shirt off his back if he could," says Reed.

"He would wake me up by slapping me in the face, or stealing something out of my room when I was just awake enough to see him and have to chase him," says Benjamin's father, Andy Reed.

On January 26, 2011 Benjamin was at 198 Joseph Street in Horseheads.

Suddenly, the home became engulfed in flames.

His mother and great grandfather survived serious injuries, but Benjamin was killed.

NYSEG is still investigating the cause of the explosion.

A spokesperson says finding out what happened is a top priority.

"Every day is a struggle. We try to get stronger and stronger," says Reed.

The Reeds say strength is difficult to find when a happy household becomes one of sadness.

"The hardest thing is going to be watching everyone else's kids he used to see growing up and him not there. Him not being able to grow up and be with his friends," says Reed.

The family says the loss of Benjamin won't get easier, but they say like his personality, his memory will shine brightly.

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