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OXFORD (KWWL) -
Oxford mayor Don Saxton had the same reaction of the many who knew 18-year-old Walker Olson.
"One of the first responders called me to tell me about it and certainly it took me by shock and surprise," Saxton said.
The Johnson County Sheriff's department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are now investigating the events that led to Olson's death Monday while working his day job at the Consumers Cooperative Society near Frytown.
"I think everybody has been affected by it, and there's grieving along with the family," Saxton said.
Olson, a Clear Creek Amana graduate, was beginning to live his dream, serving as a volunteer firefighter for both the Oxford and Coralville departments.
Co-workers describe Olson as possessing a one of a kind work ethic- kind, devoted, and dependable.
"If he'd say he'd do something, it was as good as done," Saxton said.
Olson and a co-worker worked to restore a 1929 Studebaker fire truck.
Most recently, he's seen hauling the historical chemical cart in the town's Fourth of July parade.
Many are left mourning the loss of a life, that at just 18 -years- old, had already impacted so many.
"Just a good all around young man that will be missed," Saxton said.
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