A weekend motorcycle accident has claimed the life of a Walworth County firefighter. Joshua C. Tauscher, 25, of Lyons, collided with a truck pulling a trailer at the intersection of Highway 50 and South Road in Lyons Township just after 6:25 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013. Tauscher passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 2:15 a.m. at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
“While en route to the call, responding fire chiefs were advised of the urgency of the call. Tragically, upon arrival, responders discovered the victim was fellow Lyons fireman, Josh Tauscher. A radio call to Walworth County Dispatch requested Flight For Life to respond,” according to a Lyons F.D. news release.
News media blasted for inaccuracies
Community members in Lyons are complaining that inaccurate information about the accident was reported by unnamed Milwaukee news outlets and that one agency called Tauscher “John” instead of Josh. Metro News agreed to make the following official statement by Lyons Asst. Fire Chief David Blink available in an effort to set the record straight:
“The rescue members, working as a team, assisted by Medix Ambulance Service, prepared the patient for transport. In record time, Josh was transported to [Aurora] Burlington Memorial Hospital. From there, he was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital.
On Monday evening, September 30th, 2013, members of Josh's family, friends and Lyons Fire Dept. held a prayer vigil, at the accident scene, to celebrate Josh's life. Walworth County Sheriff's Dept. assisted with this event as a large group had gathered to pray for Josh.
Josh received highly specialized care. However, due to the extent of injuries sustained, in the accident, it was determined that Josh would not recover. Josh will be missed by many. He was trained as a Certified Fire Fighter 1 and has participated in a number of advanced training programs for the department. A talented, young man and willing worker, Josh was a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.
The generosity, support and prayers of the community and other local fire departments have provided a sense of comfort during this difficult time. Many departments have come forward to take part in a final tribute. A gathering following the memorial service will take place at Lyons Fire Department.
Lyons Fire Rescue Service would like to send out a special thank you to the Walworth County Sheriff's Dept., Kenosha County Sheriff's Dept., City of Burlington Police Department, Medix Ambulance Service and Flight For Life in their assistance relating to the accident. Also, to other area departments that have come forward and offered their assistance during this difficult time; your support of our department is appreciated.
Remembering a fallen hero
Josh was known as “Tausch” and served the Lyons Fire Department for six years starting at age nineteen. His friends said, “Tausch” was a generous man who was, “always trying to make life better for those around him.” His final gift of life was as a registered organ donor. A memorial fund has been established at Talmer Bank & Trust, 567 Broad Street, Lake Geneva.
Several fund raising events are planned including local businesses accepting donations to fill fire boots. Burlington Rescue Squad will host a wild bird seed sale at Reineman's True Value on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
A roadside memorial with Josh's fire gear is setup on the southeast shoulder of Highway 50 near the intersection of South Road in Lyons Township. Final arrangements are still being planned. The Daniels Family Funeral Home in Burlington is serving the family. Read obituary.