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Patrick County High School mourns
Student killed in logging accident
Friday, August 30, 2013
Counselors helped Patrick County High School students Thursday as they grieved the death of senior Daniel Shane Rogers, who was killed in a logging accident Wednesday afternoon.
Counselors from throughout the school division, Piedmont Community Services, Family Preservation Services and Blue Ridge Counseling were involved, said Patrick County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Dean Gilbert.
“It’s been a hard day for students and staff,” Gilbert said. “They’ve made the best of a bad situation.”
He said officials would evaluate whether counselors are needed at the school today.
“It affects everyone. It’s just a tragic event,” Gilbert said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
PCHS Principal Trey Cox said that “easily 300 to 400 kids” received counseling at a central area in the library. “We let them come when they were ready to come to give them time to grieve.”
“He (Rogers) was well liked. He had a lot of friends — staff included,” Cox said.
He added that Rogers “enjoyed working in the logging industry. It was something he had been doing.”
Rogers was a co-op student and left at 11:45 a.m. to go to work, Cox said.
He said there were a lot of emotional times at PCHS Thursday, and it was “very somber.”
“Keep us in your thoughts,” he said. “It’s a tough time to be in school and lose one of your own.”
Rogers, 18, of Stuart was killed at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday while cutting timber near Rocky Branch Lane in Stuart, said a news release Wednesday from the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office.
“...Rogers was in the process of cutting down a large poplar tree that was entangled in thick vine,” the release stated. “The vine from the poplar was also entangled with a smaller adjacent tree approximately eight inches in diameter. As the larger tree fell, it brought down the smaller tree, which struck Rogers. Another worker found Rogers shortly after the accident occurred.”
Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said Thursday there was no new information on the accident. He described the incident as a “horrible tragedy.”