BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The crowd erupted after Kenmore West scored the game winning touchdown against Lockport late in the fourth quarter Saturday. But the victory was bitter sweet. Perhaps the players motivated by the memory of their favorite teacher and coach Brian Dugan. Dugan was killed three days ago after he was hit by a car while jogging along Sheridan Drive. His loss was a tremendous blow to the Ken-Ton community.
"The immensity of this football field seems to fall short, like words at times like this seem to fall short," said Sam Drago, an English teacher at Kenmore West.
Dugan was the football coach at Kenmore Middle and volunteer basketball coach at the high school. He taught English at Kenmore West for the past 15 years.
Tara Johnson is a junior at Kenmore West, "It's tough. It's real hard to get through for everybody but we're all trying to stay together and we're all trying to be strong for each other and get through it."
Staff and students organizing a tribute to Dugan on the field after the game. Dugan's family, including his wife and two sons, just back from calling hours, also participated in the ceremony. Dugan's father in law spoke on behalf of the family who are overwhelmed at how Dugan's life affected so many others.
"I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing him, having him as a teacher, going to him for advice when I needed to. He was just a father figure to me," said JaCeya Easley, a 2007 graduate of Kenmore West.
"So many people came up to me and said Brian is the one that got me to go to college, Brian is the one that got me to pass English. I would have never graduated Brian is the one who helped me when things were down he motivated me," said James Christmann, Dugan's father-in-law.
Funeral services for Dugan will be held 11:30 Monday morning at Saint Amelia Church in the Town of Tonawanda. School administrators are allowing students and staff who want to attend the funeral to leave school at 10:45 am.
An Education Fund has been established for the children of Brian Dugan.
Monetary donations can be sent to the following address:
Brian C. Dugan
Children's Education Fund
P.O. Box 2
Buffalo, New York