The Southold School District today remembered freshman Ronan Guyer, 14, who died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack during a practice for the state cross country championships, as a “kind, caring and compassionate person who was well liked by students and staff.”
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Superintendent David Gamberg said Ronan was “devoted to his studies and excelled academically.”
Mr. Gamberg noted that in addition to being an athlete, Ronan was active in the Boy Scouts, was a member of the Southold Yacht Club, sailed on the Mattituck and Southold sailing teams and was enrolled in the North Fork NJROTC program.
Ronan Guyer had been in a coma and on a ventilator in a Buffalo hospital since Friday. He was injured after slipping on a patch of mud and hitting his chest on the ground, his family said. The impact was believed to have caused cardiac arrest.
He had no known heart condition, his family said.
In addition to his parents Lori and Stephen Guyer, Ronan is survived by his sister, Shannon, and brother, Colin. A full obituary and arrangements will appear when available.