A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 A.M. MONDAY MORNING FOR FRANKLIN, WILLIAMSON, AND SURROUNDING AREAS

A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 A.M. MONDAY MORNING FOR FRANKLIN, WILLIAMSON, AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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Saline County teen killed in Homecoming Parade accident

by Aaron Price (Shutterstock)
by Aaron Price (Shutterstock)

10/8/2021 | 11:53 a.m.

ELDORADO - A Saline County teenager has been killed in a tragic accident during a homecoming parade in Eldorado.

According to a statement from Eldorado High School, a senior student identified as Heath Toothman passed away of head injuries after losing his balance while jumping off of the senior float.

First responders were on the scene and Toothman was life flighted immediately to Deaconess hospital where he later passed away.

Superintendent Ryan Hobbs released the following statement on Friday afternoon...

"Now our attention goes to pulling together as a community and doing everything we can for Heath's family and fellow students.

Eldorado School District is heading up a fundraising effort to help Heath Toothman's family pay for medical bills and funeral expenses. You can donate directly to Eldoardo High School Foundation via Paypal at ccusic@eldorado.k12.ilus or the high school office will be accepting donations. 100% of the donations will go directly to Heath's family. 

We also will be having multiple school and community events in the next few days to make sure that our students who witnessed the accident and Heath's friends have all of the support they may need. Today we have our middle school open and staffed with teachers and counselors for any students who need help or just need to talk. If you have a student or know a student who needs help please encourage them to call or stop by. Over the course of the next few days if you are aware of any students who need help please contact our school counselors 

Finally, in an effort to help Heath's friends and classmates, and honor Heath, there will be a tribute and dedication to Heath tonight before our home football game. Students will be able to gather near the band section at the football field and have decided to wear blue (Heath's favorite color) to honor him. A place has been designated for students to leave notes or mementos. These will all be delivered to Heath's family following the game. Our prayers are with Heath's family during this tragic time."

- Ryan M. Hobbs / Superintendent

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