COLUMBUS (WCMH) — All of the rides here on the fairgrounds of the Ohio State Fair are open except The Fireball.
For those who knew 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell, who lost his life during the rides malfunction, his death still lingers.
Tyler worked at McDonald’s in Grove City for nearly two years, and his manager, Sharon Payne, said it’s been tough for them.
“The kids here are absolutely devastated,” said Payne.
She said Tyler was a funny, hardworking, and respectful kids. The news of his death crushed her more than others.
“It broke my heart,” said Payne. “I mean this kid was like my own child. He’d come in and say hey mom, and I would say hey son.”
She said those little moment are now gone, and so are their special Sunday dinners.
“Sunday is really hard because we worked together on Sundays. He would buy dinner one Sunday, I would buy dinner the next Sunday.”
Payne said what hurts the most is that Tyler’s life was cut short before he could have full-filled the dreams he set for himself.
“Tyler wanted to help his community. He wanted to help his family, and he wanted to serve his county.”
Tyler had been enlisted in the Marine Corp just five days before he died.