The Taconic High School Community and beyond have been rocked by the sudden death of a 38 year old Teacher who collapsed in the school Wednesday morning.

Kevin Harrington was a special education teacher at the school and was fondly known outside the classroom for his work coaching youth sports for the high school and other programs.

School Superintendent Jason McCandless said Harrington was known for his kindness, athletic prowess and his work coaching young athletes.

According to The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield Deputy Fire Chief Neil Myers said the department responded to the request for services at 9:18 a.m. with reports of a man suffering from cardiac arrest.  Upon arrival, Myers confirmed the school nurse had already begun life saving measures and first responders started CPR. Harrington was transported to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

As word spread of Harrington's passing, many parents, former students, athletes and colleagues took to social media to remember the impact the teacher and coach had made on their lives and in the lives of their children.

According to the Eagle, Taconic Principal Matt Bishop made a robocall home to parents to let them know about Harrington's death, calling him a "friend and inspiration to all he came into contact with."

Our thoughts are with Mr. Harrington's family and with his friends.  His dedication to students was deep. His impact was vast. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

THS Principal Matt Bishop

Bishop, along with Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, informed parents and the school community that counselors and extra support will be available throughout the week and as long as necessary. Between substitute teachers and counselors about 30 additional staff will be on hand to help. Children requesting support will be put into small groups with counselors paying particular attention to students who were with Harrington at the time of the incident.

He was a hero, a brother figure, a real rock for so many children over his years here. He was a real champion for kids and a warm and supportive colleague.

Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent,

Dr. Jake McCandless