His family said he had not received and wasn’t planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But his family said Osuch became sick in April and tested positive for COVID-19 when he was taken to the hospital. Ultimately, his family said there was too much damage to the 66-year-old’s lungs.
Like in February of 2020, when he helped pull a family of five to safety from a raging Sycamore Creek. Osuch owned Arizona 4×4 OffRoad and Recovery. He spent his time rescuing those who got themselves into tough situations.
“He was a real hero,” Nena Barlow said. “He would go out and save people out of the backcountry. It was a business for him, but there were so many times where he just went and got people.” “He always came with more than just a winch line to pull you out,” Carl Girard said. “He came with a hug and compassion and water if you were thirsty and sacks if you were hungry.”
Osuch would call on Barlow upon occasion for a hand getting someone pulled out. “He could get that truck anywhere and get anybody anywhere and do it safely,” Barlow said. Barlow said she met Osuch at least 20 years ago likely at a clean-up in Table Mesa.
“It seems like it’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Barlow said. “To lose people now, I think it seems to hurt more.” His family said his medical staff started palliative care and he died Tuesday evening.
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