Friends pay tribute to volunteer firefighter killed in accident

CREATED Oct. 13, 2013

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LYONS – Family and friends paid tribute recently to a local hero, who died too soon. Funeral services for firefighter Josh Tauscher were held last weekend.

His family wants to thank the Lyons Fire Department, the Burlington Police Department, and the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department for everything they did that day and over the past two weeks.

“Tausche” as he was called, had been riding with friends from the fire department when the unthinkable happened two weeks ago. A truck hit his motorcycle on Highway 50 and South Road in Lyons. Frank Moeller was with him.

"I'm not certified in EMT or rescue, so everyone always told me, just leave him,” shares Moeller. “Don't 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 that day, and sprung into action. But it wasn’t enough. Tausche died three days after the accident.

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," said Alby.

The tragedy is especially tough for the fire department, which has lost three members in three years.
"I remember me and Tausche went to fire school together,” shares his best friend Bobby Meeks.

Tausche was on the fire department for six years. His death weighs heavily on his friends, since they told 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.

The family has also set up a fund at Talmer Bank under the name of “Joshua Tauscher” for people who would like to make a donation.