Family reflects on fallen airman's life

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

Nearly a week after the untimely death of a Kentucky airman, his family talked with WKYT about how they are remembering their fallen hero.

25-year-old Ryan Austin of Corbin certainly led a very full life as a beloved husband, older brother and even served as an Air Force Staff Sergeant.

But on Tuesday, Ryan’s full life took a tragic turn when he was electrocuted after coming into contact with a live rail at a train station in Maidstone, England.

On Sunday, we sat down with Ryan’s brother Nathan who says Ryan served his country with dignity and respect until the day he died.

“He really was an icon in terms of what you want a soldier to be. One of the captains he worked with told us she didn’t hand out compliments but she said that he was one of the hardest working individuals in the Air Force,” said Ryan’s brother, Nathan.

He says his brother's hard work, determination and passion for life was unmatched.

“Where ever Ryan went he always loved telling me and my dad everything he was seeing and getting to experience. He was such a hard working patriot to the U.S. because he loved serving his country and he would always take any opportunity to honor his country.”

Ryan had been fulfilling his dream of working as an airman in Germany and soon, Ryan was set to take on a new role--becoming a father. His wife Jessica is set to give birth to a baby boy next month.

Ryan’s family is currently raising money to help Ryan’s wife and their baby with finances.

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