Friends honor volunteer firefighter killed in accident
LYONS - Josh Tauscher was a volunteer firefighter here at the Lyons Fire Department. His friends say he was a handyman - always busy, and always laughing.
"Tausche," as he was called, was riding with friends from the fire department, when the unthinkable happened Sunday. A truck hit his motorcycle on Highway 50 and South Road in Lyons. Frank Moeller was with him.
"I’m not a certified EMT, so everyone always told me, just leave him,” shares Moeller. “They said not to touch him. It was the hardest thing not to touch him - shake him, and make him wake up."
A fire captain from the Sommers Fire Department just happened to be driving by, and sprung into action. But it wasn't enough.
There were over 100 people who gathered last night at the scene of the accident for a candlelight vigil. They placed special mementos there, like chainsaw blades, because Tausche was a mechanic.
His friend Becca Alby now wakes up every morning thinking about him.
“I wish I could talk to him today - hear his voice, have a conversation with him one more time," shared Alby.
The tragedy is especially tough for the fire department, which has lost three members in three years.
Tausche was on the Lyons Fire Department for six years. His final gift of service was registering to be an organ donor. Still, his death weighs heavily on his friends, since they tell TODAY’S TMJ4 he was not wearing a helmet.
His friends will be wearing their motorcycle helmets from now on. And when they do, they'll think of Tausche.