EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A marine corporal who was training east of Palm Springs, died when a tank caught on fire Tuesday.
Sell was training at the Marine Corps air ground combat center when the accident occurred. There were three other marines who were injured.
Before Sell was a marine, he was in the boy scouts and influenced dozens of other scouts in Eagle Point. NewsWatch 12 spoke with two scouts who have known Nick and his family. Bryce and Alec Thornton say they looked up to Nick as a friend and mentor.
When Nick left to serve in the Afghanistan, they sent him 3 thousand care packages during his time there. Many of those packages .even reached out to other marines in his unit. The Thornton’s say they’re going to remember Nick not only for his service but the life lessons he taught them.
“Nick was a really kind and caring person that was always there to help anybody out, cheer anybody up. If someone was ever struggling with something, he was there to help…just being such a great person,” said Alec Thornton.
Nick’s family says he had about one year left on his marine corp contract and had volunteered for a second deployment overseas. The family has set up a memorial fund in his name. If you would like to help, click here.