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Teacher identified in fatal accident at Mortimer Jordan High School

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UPDATE:The Jefferson County School System identified the teacher as Mark Ridgeway.Here’s a statement from Mortimer Jordan High School’s principal Craig Kanaday:“Mark Ridgeway, a graduate of Mortimer Jordan, dedicated his life to serving people. He pastored a church until his recent retirement this past summer all while teaching the students of Mortimer Jordan High School and driving a school bus. He was a selfless and devoted person to his faith, his family, and his school. As a personal colleague of mine for more than 25 years, Mark leaves behind cherished memories but also a great void among all circles of his life. It’s in times like these that I am reminded that life is fragile and precious.”————————-UPDATE: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office released new details Wednesday afternoon of what it calls a “tragic accident.”Shortly after 6:30 a.m. deputies from the School Resources division were notified of an accident involving a 58-year-old man who was a Mortimer Jordan High School staff member.Kimberly Police Department and Kimberly Fire Department responded and attempted life-saving measures at the scene. Investigators learned that the employee was performing standard checks of the bus before beginning his morning route when the unoccupied bus began to roll and hit him.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of this accident. The victim’s name has not been released.—–Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin said a teacher was killed Wednesday morning at Mortimer Jordan High School.The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says it was called to the scene on Blue Devil Drive just before 7:30 a.m. Gonsoulin said this was an incident in the parking lot involving a school bus before the driver ran his route.No students were involved.All school activities were canceled for the day.Classes will resume on Thursday. Grief counseling will be available for students, faculty, and staff.They have not identified the teacher but say the family has been notified.

UPDATE:

The Jefferson County School System identified the teacher as Mark Ridgeway.

Here’s a statement from Mortimer Jordan High School’s principal Craig Kanaday:

“Mark Ridgeway, a graduate of Mortimer Jordan, dedicated his life to serving people. He pastored a church until his recent retirement this past summer all while teaching the students of Mortimer Jordan High School and driving a school bus. He was a selfless and devoted person to his faith, his family, and his school. As a personal colleague of mine for more than 25 years, Mark leaves behind cherished memories but also a great void among all circles of his life. It’s in times like these that I am reminded that life is fragile and precious.”

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UPDATE: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office released new details Wednesday afternoon of what it calls a “tragic accident.”

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. deputies from the School Resources division were notified of an accident involving a 58-year-old man who was a Mortimer Jordan High School staff member.

Kimberly Police Department and Kimberly Fire Department responded and attempted life-saving measures at the scene.

Investigators learned that the employee was performing standard checks of the bus before beginning his morning route when the unoccupied bus began to roll and hit him.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of this accident.

The victim’s name has not been released.

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Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin said a teacher was killed Wednesday morning at Mortimer Jordan High School.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says it was called to the scene on Blue Devil Drive just before 7:30 a.m.

Gonsoulin said this was an incident in the parking lot involving a school bus before the driver ran his route.

No students were involved.

All school activities were canceled for the day.

Classes will resume on Thursday. Grief counseling will be available for students, faculty, and staff.

They have not identified the teacher but say the family has been notified.

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