Pat­ter­son Mill mourns player’s sud­den death

Pfarr, 17-year-old ju­nior, died at home; cause be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, of­fi­cials say

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By David An­der­son Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group re­porters Al­lan Vought and Matt But­ton con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

The greater Bel Air com­mu­nity has been stunned by the death of Isaac Thomas Pfarr, a 17-year-old ju­nior foot­ball player for the Pat­ter­son Mill Huskies, who died sud­denly over the week­end at his home.

“It is with sad­ness that I in­form you of the death of Isaac Pfarr, one of our 11th-grade stu­dents,” Pat­ter­son Mill Prin­ci­pal Sean Abel said in a mes­sage sent to par­ents Mon­day. “Isaac passed away [Sun­day] as a re­sult of a seizure.”

Many Pat­ter­son Mill stu­dents and oth­ers from the com­mu­nity gath­ered at the school Sun­day night for a vigil to re­mem­ber their class­mate.

Bruce Gold­farb, spokesman for the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner, said Tues­day that the cause of Pfarr’s death is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Abel said coun­selors would be avail­able to sup­port stu­dents “as long as nec­es­sary” and that stu­dents might come home with ques­tions and con­cerns about the loss of their class­mate. “Please take the time to dis­cuss this with them and help them process through their grief,” he told par­ents.

In a state­ment is­sued through Har­ford County Pub­lic Schools on Tues­day morn­ing, Abel said: “We are deeply sad­dened by the sud­den and tragic loss of one of our stu­dents, Isaac Pfarr. We hope that you un­der­stand that we do not wish to in­fringe upon the fam­ily’s pri­vacy at this time so we will not be pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional com­ment. We do have ad­di­tional coun­sel­ing and staff to sup­port our school com­mu­nity dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Abel also an­nounced that there would be a mo­mentof si­lence be­fore each Pat­ter­son Mill home game in all sports this week, as well as be­fore the next home JV foot­ball game Oct. 27 and the next home var­sity foot­ball game Oct. 28.

Pfarr was the son of Robert and Sarah Isaac Pfarr (Brill) Pfarr and the brother of Aaron and Abi­gail Pfarr, ac­cord­ing to the Schimunek Fu­neral Home web­site.

His fa­ther is a pa­trol sergeant with the Bel Air Po­lice Depart­ment, and Pfarr was a mem­ber of the depart­ment’s youth Ex­plorer Post 9010, ac­cord­ing to po­lice depart­ment spokesper­son Sgt. Jim Lockard.

“We’re a small depart­ment; we’re all rel­a­tively close-knit,” Lockard said Tues­day. “We know each other’s hus­bands, wives, kids, par­ents, so it af­fects ev­ery­one here.”

The depart­ment has 31 sworn of­fi­cers and 18 civil­ian em­ploy­ees. The el­der Pfarr, who started as a po­lice cadet in 1998, is the su­per­vi­sor of the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, ac­cord­ing to Lockard. Fel­low of­fi­cers will ei­ther work flex shifts or over­time to fill in while the sergeant is with his fam­ily.

“We want him to feel free to take the time he needs to be com­fort­able com­ing back to work,” Lockard said.

“Such a tragic loss for the Pfarr fam­ily, the com­mu­nity and the po­lice depart­ment,” Bel Air Chief Chuck Moore said.

Moore said that Pfarr, “from sev­eral con­tacts I’ve had with him, was a gen­tle gi­ant, had a quiet and calm de­meanor and will be missed by ev­ery­one whose life he touched.”

The BAPD Ex­plorer post is open to young peo­ple ages 14-21, who are trained to be­come fu­ture po­lice cadets and law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, ac­cord­ing to the Town of Bel Air’s web­site.

The Ex­plorer post has set up a GoFundMe page, Fi­nal Ex­penses for Isaac Pfarr, on­line. The post made an ini­tial con­tri­bu­tion of $2,000, and an ini­tial goal of rais­ing $15,000 was ex­ceeded, so the goal was pushed to $20,000. As of Tues­day af­ter­noon, more than $16,000 had been raised.

At Mon­day night’s Bel Air town meet­ing, Town Com­mis­sioner Bren­dan Hop­kins asked for a mo­ment of si­lence to re­mem­ber the 17-year-old.

Rel­a­tives and friends are in­vited to call at the Schimunek Fu­neral Homeof Bel Air, Inc., 610 W. MacPhail Road, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held at the fu­neral home Satur­day, with in­ter­ment to fol­low at An­gel Hill Ceme­tery in Havre de Grace.

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