Brandon sends us the sad news that Marine Sergeant Ty Ziegel has passed on. From an article written by our buddy, Andy Kravetz last week in the Peoria Journal Star;
Tyler W. Ziegel, 30, was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. in the emergency room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said. An autopsy could not clearly identify the cause of Ziegel’s death, Ingersoll said, although it was discovered that Ziegel had an enlarged heart. Further testing will be done to determine how he died, Ingersoll said.
Rescue personnel were called to Sue’s Place in Metamora on a report Ziegel had fallen in its parking lot. He was brought to the hospital about 1:45 a.m.
Ty was an iconic figure in the war against terror when he survived an IED blast which disfigured him but he kept charging on and encouraging others to do the same.
Angela Cochran, Ziegel’s girlfriend, said he has been an inspiration in the three months since they began dating.
“You can ask him anything about his scars, his time in Iraq, how everything happened; he’s like an open book,” said Cochran. “He was willing to share stories. That’s what makes him so inspiring. He’s not trying to hide.”
His mother, Becky Ziegel, said he learned to deal with the disability.
“His doctors asked him several times to visit other injured military people, just to be a little bit of inspiration, maybe go in there and say ‘Hey, you know, time to buck up,’” Ziegel said.
Odd that what the enemy couldn’t do was done by a patch of ice.