Free ride to college for brave kid who tried saving dad from fire

The fearless little boy who desperately tried to save his father from dying in a Staten Island house fire will have his future college tuition covered thanks to the Connecticut university where his dad taught, the school and the child’s brother told The Post on Thursday.

The University of New Haven — where 62-year-old Anthony Carter taught business — has offered little Tony Carter Jr., 9, free tuition if he eventually elects attend the school “and has started a fund for his education if he decides to go to another college,” said one of Tony’s older brothers, Walter Carter, 29.

Tony Jr. valiantly tried to drag Carter out of their Rossville home when the man was overcome by smoke from the blaze around 11 p.m. last Saturday.

The child suffered second-degree burns to his hands when he tried to pull his father from the flames, but was unable to.

“Help my father!… Help me!… He’s gonna die!” Tony Jr. shouted as he ran out of the Pembrook Loop home.

Walter said that his family broke the tragic news to Tony Jr. on Tuesday about his father’s passing.

“We did it at the hospital, with his mom, a psychologist, a social worker and nurses,” said Walter, who has a twin brother named Calvin.

“He was very upset, but we kept focusing on the positive — how dad will always be with us, always be part of us, part of him. And how he can always feel dad with him, still talk to him,” Walter said.

The brother added that the social worker said she “never saw a 9-year-old take it like that.”

“He really adjusted well. She said he took it like an adult. Like a little man,” said Walter. “He really is mature for his age. He is our brave little man.”

Tony Jr., who is now out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery, will continue his schooling at PS 56, said Walter.

The University of New Haven said in a statement Thursday, “Since learning of the traffic death of University of New Haven professor Tony Carter, many members of the University community have offered to assist Dr. Carter’s family, especially his young son, Anthony Carter Jr.”

The scene of the fire on Pembrook Loop.Steve White

The school confirmed it will provide the child a full-tuition scholarship should he decide to attend the college.

“In addition, the University of New Haven has created a 529 College Savings Program for Anthony Carter Jr. with the Connecticut Higher Education Trust to be used to future non-tuition college expenses, such as books, meal plans and housing at the University of New Haven or for tuition expenses at a college or university of his choosing,” the college said.

A wake for Carter will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scamardella Funeral Home on Staten Island.

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