"TP" Memorial

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Tyler Prewitt

In Loving Memory

Demon loses life in Iraq.

Sept. 30, 2004 12:00 AM

Sgt. Tyler Prewitt, 22, a former Phoenix College baseball player who decided to join the Army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has died of wounds suffered last week in Iraq, his father said Wednesday.

Prewitt, a field medic who had also served in Bosnia, was wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the vehicle he was riding in at an unknown location, said Tim Prewitt of Peoria.

Surgeons operated on him in Iraq, and he was then taken to a hospital in Germany, where he was pronounced brain-dead Tuesday, his father said. His organs were donated to other patients in Germany.

Tyler was good at sports and very friendly.

"He was very athletic and outgoing," his father said. "He just wanted to help other people."

Tyler was a baseball player at Phoenix College at the time of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

A foul ball had broken his jaw, and he was recovering from that injury. As soon as he was well, he joined the Army, his father said.

Tyler grew up in the Glendale/Phoenix area, attended elementary school at Northwest Community Christian School and graduated from Greenway High School in 2001.

The baseball team continues to show their support of Tyler as they wear "TP" on their uniforms