Sentinel-Echo.com

Local News

August 20, 2013

Soldier killed overseas

SLHS graduate electrocuted on live railway track

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — South Laurel High School graduate, Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Austin, a soldier in the United States Air Force, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Maidstone, England.

British Transport Police Officers said Austin came in contact with a live railway track at the Maidstone East railway station and was electrocuted.  Police said the accident was non-suspicious.

Austin, 25, of Corbin was assigned to the 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron, which falls under the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

In a statement posted Thursday, Aug. 8, on Ramstein’s website and Facebook page, Col. Joseph D. McFall, the 435th Commander said: “We come together during this time of loss to support each other and are thoughts are with Staff Sgt. Austin’s family and friends.”

His wife, Jessica, is pregnant with their first child, a baby boy who will be born next month.

His younger brother, Nathan, said Ryan had been in the Air Force for more than three years, and was a real patriotic soldier who served his country with pride and passion.

“He loved putting on his uniform and following the Air Force code.  Being with them was the best career move he ever made.  The Air Force gave him the chance to go overseas, learn new cultures and serve his country just like our father did.  It made him feel he gave something back to his country, as well as protect America,” Nathan noted.

The brothers were raised in Laurel County; both graduated from South Laurel High School.  Nathan recalled that growing up together they shared a lot of fun experiences.

“When Ryan was around, he was fun to be with.  We included each other in our hobbies like tennis, basketball and video games.  We had our friends and we always had great times,” he said.

Text Only
Local News
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results