MILWAUKEE -- He was a man loved by many, and one who became the face of the reckless driving problem on the streets of Milwaukee. On Saturday, friends and family said goodbye to 71-year-old Andrew Tyler who died last week from his injuries after putting up quite the fight last month .
“He could’ve done anything, but he chose to help little kids get across the street," Sharon Tyler said.
Tyler was a crusader for the safety of children, and he dedicated a decade of his life to serving the city of Milwaukee as a crossing guard, but one-day last month while walking to Kluge elementary for work, he was hit by a driver and left in the middle of the road.
“It’s been a nightmare," his daughter said.
Tyler had both legs amputated as a result of the hit-and-run and on December 7th he died from his injuries. His grandson said despite being sad and frustrated by this senseless crime he hopes to help his grandfather’s legacy live on.
"He’s just an awesome man and his story needs to be told," he continued.
The story of Alec's grandfather will now include being the first non-police officer to receive the Milwaukee Police Department’s Purple Star of Valor. It’s an award given to officers severely injured in the line of duty while working to keep the city safe, and according to Chief Ed Flynn, Tyler is most deserving.
“You don’t have to carry a gun to be killed in the line of duty on this job," Chief Flynn said.
"Clearly he was going about getting to his post and protecting the children and paid for it with the loss of his life," he continued.
If you have any information about the crash call police. To remain anonymous call (414) 933-4444.
There is a GoFundMe page set up in Tyler's name to help him pay medical expenses.