Auto accident claims life of Waldo firefighter

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor

A single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Blueberry Lane and Pheasant Valley Road in the town of Lyndon claimed the life of Waldo Firefighter Ryan T. Moyer of rural Adell Saturday, Feb. 4.

At 4:26 p.m., three members of the Waldo Fire Department were northbound on Blueberry Lane when Moyer, 31, lost control of his pick-up truck. The vehicle rolled and Moyer, a 2004 Sheboygan Falls High School graduate, was ejected and trapped under the vehicle before succumbing to his injuries at the scene.

Moyer, who was a 5-year member of the Waldo and Cascade fire departments, is survived by his wife, Julie, and 3-month-old son, Tanner.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the village of Waldo Fire Department issued the following statement about Moyer.

“Ryan was a 5-year member of the Waldo Fire Department. His accomplishments within those five years were nothing short of amazing. Ryan was a state certified firefighter, who attended many training opportunities, including National Fire Academy classes. Ryan also dedicated himself to energizing our annual fundraisers, remodeling our fire station and helping the department in any way he could. At the time of Ryan’s death, he was out collecting donations for the Waldo Fire Department Brat Fry coming up in March. Ryan held the spirit of brotherhood within the fire service close to his heart. He had many friends within the fire service and would drop everything to help anyone out. Ryan did all this as a pure volunteer, never receiving any compensation for his work. Ryan’s dedication and spirit will be sorely missed.”

The other occupants of the vehicle were transferred to area hospitals for treatment.

Nicholas A. TeBeest, 26, of Plymouth was taken to ThedaCare in Appleton and Tyler J. Collins, 26, of Waldo was transported to Sheboygan Memorial Hospital in Sheboygan following the accident.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Adell Fire Department, the Cascade Fire, Department and First Responders, Orange Cross Ambulance, Flight for Life and the Sheboygan County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A memorial fund has been established in Moyer’s name.

Donations can be made in-person at the Waldo State Bank at 119 North Depot St. in Waldo between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Donations can also be mailed to Ryan Moyer Memorial Fund c/o Waldo State Bank; P.O. Box 8; Waldo, WI 53093.

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