NEW PALTZ – A 16-year-old New Paltz High School student died Sunday night after he suffered two heart attacks, the school district announced on Monday.
On Friday, March 13 during afterschool track practice, Kyle Brewer, a sophomore at the school, collapsed and was unresponsive, officials said.
Staff and students present called 911, administered CPR and used the
school’s automated external defibrillator. The New Paltz Rescue Squad
transported Brewer to Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie where
he was determined he had suffered a heart attack. He was then transferred
to Westchester Medical Center where he suffered another heart attack and
died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
“Kyle was a well-liked, kind, witty, young man who had a great sense of humor,” said New Paltz High School Principal Barbara Clinton. “He was a good friend, studious, never angry, thoughtful, and mature beyond his age. Overall, he was simply an impressive young man who positively touched the people he knew.”
A roll of white paper was hung at the school on Monday for students to write their thoughts and share messages with Kyle’s family.
The district’s crisis team, along with counselors from the Astor Services for Children and Families and the Institute for Family Health, have been on hand for grief counseling and will continue to be available throughout the week, or longer is needed.
Dutchess County Mental Hygiene also has a 24/7 “text hotline” available to all staff and students which can be accessed by texting 741-741.
“Kyle’s passing is heart breaking for the entire school community,” said Superintendent Maria Rice. “He was an amazing young man with a promising future.”