SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WMAR) -
As soon as people heard about the Hawthorne Army Depot accident in Nevada, they started texting Bill Wild.
They knew his 21 year old son Taylor was out there. At 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, the door bell rang at the Wild's Severna Park home. Bill could see the tip of a Marines hat thru the door. He knew. "Taylor was just a great kid, awesome son, awesome brother, awesome Marine." There is no father prouder of his son, than Bill Wild. His son saw his future as a Marine. His bedroom walls remain decorated with Marine posters.
"He told us in his Senior year that he was going into the Marines, that he was going to fight, that college would wait"
Bill talked to me outside his home, because it was too painful to talk inside, with his 9 year old daughter Libby, 16 year old son Griffin and his wife Betz who's an athletic director.
"Love you Poppy, love you mom" Taylor played baseball at Severna Park, winning the State Championship in 2009. He talked or texted with his mom and dad everyday. Monday would be his last. "He just said, I'll have liberty over Easter."
His neighbors are silently saluting this fallen hero with flags near mailboxes. A huge flag at the mouth of their street. Bill is a Corporal with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, has been for 24 years. The department is doing what you'd expect, caring and protecting,. Here's a dad that is standing out front talking about his son who stood out to protect us.
Taylor was planning on getting a tattoo sleeve, He recently got an Oriole Bird on his bicep and wanted the Bay Bridge and the Ravens to follow.
Bill told me, "It doesn't matter what went wrong, I just wish I was on the wrong end of a bad dream."
Taylor Wild's body will arrive in Dover Thursday morning. Services for Taylor will begin on March 28th at Barranco Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park. Visitation will be 2 p.m.. to 4 p.m.. and 6 p.m.. to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m.. March 29 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
He will be buried at Arlington on April 2nd.