La Salle High School grad, now in Air Force, killed in Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 5:20 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 12:58:08-04

CORRECTION: WCPO initially reported that Taylor was part of a rescue mission for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. While airmen and Air Force reservists are taking part in rescue missions in Texas, we have no confirmation that Taylor, specifically, was actively taking part in a rescue at the time of his death.

A Cincinnati man was killed in Texas while he was stationed in San Antonio with his Air Force team. 

The La Salle community said they will always remember the selflessness of alumnus Nick Taylor. The 22-year-old was was killed when his truck hydroplaned and smashed into a tree.

Campus Minister Aaron Hampel said Taylor had a loving spirit that will not be forgotten.

“Nick was a guy who was extremely loving and a caring to those around him,” Hampel said. “From his peers at La Salle, to his family and friends, he was just a kind and loving person.”

Hampel said it’s no surprise Taylor’s passion to serve others led him to join the military.

“He would come back in his fatigues and the whole the big boots and the camo gear … and he would be walking around and giving his teachers hugs and smiles to everybody, and he would talk to the underclassmen about his military experience,” Hampel said.

La Salle students have been praying for Taylor and his family, Hampel said, and the community is confident Taylor’s legacy of giving back will live on.

“It’s a reminder I try to pass it on to my students … of what life can be and making the best of your time. Today is the day to do the right thing,” Hampel said.

Taylor’s visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Crossroads in Clifton. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the same church.