Kenmore West Teacher Killed In Tragic Accident

September 16, 2010 Updated Sep 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM EDT

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September 16, 2010 Updated Sep 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM EDT

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) The Ken-Ton School district released information Thursday morning on the tragic death of teacher Brian Dugan, killed in an accident Wednesday night in the Town of Tonawanda.

Teams of grief counselors offered professional support and care for teachers and students at Kenmore West High School to cope with the tragic and sudden loss of English teacher Brian Dugan, who police report was struck and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Sheridan and Belmont in Tonawanda on the night of Wednesday, September 15th, 2010.

Dugan was a husband, father, and a modified football coach.

District officials were notified of the teacher’s death at
approximately 1:28 AM on Thursday, September 16th, 2010.

The district’s crisis plan was implemented immediately to ensure the presence of counselors for teachers and students upon their arrival to Kenmore West High School. Teams of crisis counselors met with administrators at 7:00 AM at the high school and met with staff at 7:30 AM in the school’s auditorium.

Shortly after counselors provided professional support in private “grief rooms” throughout the school for teachers and staff.

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform our community of the sudden and tragic loss of our beloved teacher, Brian Dugan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Dugan’s family and the Kenmore West High School community. We are providing teachers and students with professional counseling during this difficult time. Words cannot express the heartbreak and sadness felt at Kenmore West because of this loss, which is why it was so important to provide professional counseling services for students and staff as early as possible this morning,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District
Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro.

Mr. Brian Dugan was a popular teacher who was the head of the English Department at Kenmore West High School. His dedication to the noble service of providing children the best education possible expanded beyond the reach of the classroom. Mr. Dugan also
served as a modified football coach at Kenmore Middle School.

“On behalf of the Board of Education I express my heartfelt sympathies to the family of Brian Dugan. He was beloved by administrators, teachers, and students. This loss will be felt throughout the tight-knit Ken West community for some time, and we will continue providing professional counseling for staff and students for as long as it is
needed,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education President Bob Dana.

Brian Dugan has been teaching at Kenmore West High School since September of 1995. He was the coach of the Boys Modified football team for 14 years at Kenmore Middle School up until this year. He also served as a volunteer basketball coach at Kenmore West High School with Head Coach Michael Meetze. Dugan taught English 9 and 10
and 10 Honors and Reading/Writing and was the Co-Chairman of the Kenmore West High School English Department.

“Brian was a great man, caring educator, and thoughtful friend. His passion to teach and enthusiasm with students was evident everyday he walked into the classroom. Children could count on him in the classroom and on the football field. He will be remembered as
one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He had a wonderful sense of humor that brightened the world of everyone around him. This loss is truly heartbreaking. During this difficult time we found comfort and peace because of the presence of counselors early this morning.

"Our Kenmore West High School family is thankful to the district for
providing counselors this morning,” said Kenmore West High School Principal Karen Geelan.

The Kenmore West High School Open House scheduled for tonight will be rescheduled to Wednesday September 29th, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Town of Tonawanda Police confirmed that an accident occurred around 8:30p.m. at Sheridan and Belmont. The crash is under investigation. Police tell Eyewitness News it does not look like alcohol or drugs were a factor. Officials don't know why the driver of a car ran a red light, striking and killing the 37 year old teacher.