36 year old Josh Burrell taught at Collinsville High School for ten years where he taught junior high history and coached volleyball for nine of those ten years. He left a lasting legacy with all who knew him. Mr. Burrell had a big personality and touched many lives during his time at CHS.
Collinsville High School Assistant Principal Jason Barnett told WEIS Radio News the students, faculty and community are all grieving, heartbroken and upset over this tragic loss; however, through the pain, they plan to honor him and keep his memory alive through memories and great times shared together.
The celebration of his life began with a memorial attended by current and former students and faculty, as well as many community members. During the service, many stories were shared as well as a slide and video show.
Through this tragedy many have witnessed the impact that Mr. Burrell had on the school community.
Barnett said he hopes the community can use this to remind us of the impact that our lives can have on the people around us and lead our lives accordingly.
The care and compassion witnessed through this tragedy has been phenomenal, and Barnett says he is thankful for a faculty, student body and community who can come together during difficult times.
Counselors will remain on campus in the upcoming days for both students and faculty members who may need to share their thoughts and discuss their feelings.