STANDISH (WGME) – Last Friday, a U.S. Marine from Maine was shot and killed in South Carolina by a fellow Marine and now his hometown is remembering him as a fallen hero who gave both to his country and his community.
Marine Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, 21, grew up in Standish — and with Standish Fire-EMS. He followed in his family’s footsteps, joining the department as a volunteer
“If you didn’t know him and you ever met him you would never forget him. He just had that lasting effect on people,” Chief Rob Caron said.
“We all kind of felt that we had a hand in helping raise him,” Caron said.
But on Friday, Wallingford lost his life.
Military officials said he was shot and killed by a fellow Marine inside their barracks at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina. The alleged shooter is now in custody as the investigation continues.
“It’s just a very painful loss. The kid just meant so much to everyone here,” Caron said.
“He was always willing and wanting to help out where ever he could with whatever he could,” he said.
Caron recalled how Wallingford grew up when he joined the Marines.
“When he came back he was a totally different kid — going from a toddler to an adult overnight. It was fantastic what it did for him and I think we were all just as proud as his parents were,” he said.
“He left a lasting impact on all of us, including myself,” the chief said, adding, “Just how proud I am of him. … For what he did here and serving the country.”
Standish Fire Department officials said they hope to have a precession in Maine for Tyler Wallingford once his body is returned by the military.