Oskaloosa Reacts to Death of Hometown Hero

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Tyler Sash

OSKALOOSA – He was a standout athlete as an Iowa Hawkeye safety with his talent bringing him to the NFL playing for the NY Giants.

Tyler Sash. A local favorite and a hometown hero.

Just a few doors down from where he was found unresponsive on Fox Run Lane, Jay Christensen and his 10 year old son describe a town celebrity who was truly devoted to being a good example for the community.

“He really did try to be a great citizen in Oskaloosa,” Jay said, “And that’s important when somebody sort of becomes famous and they come back and recognize that part of what they do is still being part of the hometown.”

He added the conversation with his son Carter was a difficult one.

“Knowing that my son sort of idolized him and we’d get to come home and have that conversation is just really hard. And one of the first questions they ask is why, and you don’t have the answer to that.”

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