Schools offering counseling after boy dies

COMFREY — Comfrey and Springfield Public Schools are offering counseling to students who knew the nine-year-old boy who died in a swingset accident in Comfrey Aug. 1.

Comfrey First Responders and Police, Springfield Ambulance, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial Air Care responded to a medical call for an unresponsive boy at 112 Eastern Ave. in Comfrey, according to a press release.

Gavin Ludewig was transported from playground equipment to Springfield Medical Center because of injuries. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, and Ludewig was pronounced dead at the medical center.

Comfrey Police officer Eric Schwarzrock said the death is not suspicious. No foul play is suspected, but because it was an unwitnessed death, an investigation must be conducted.

Comfrey School Superintendent Kirsten Hutchison said counseling can be obtained by calling the school at 507-877-3491.

Springfield Public School Superintendent Keith Kottke said the school is offering counseling and administrative support for children and families, “even a space for them to connect with other adults to help process their emotions.”

“He (Gavin Ludewig) was a great boy, an all-American kid that loved life,” Kottke said. “He just brought all kinds of energy into the room. A wonderful kid, a wonderful family. His presence will be lost in our school.”

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, at the Springfield Public School Auditorium and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield.

Mass of Christian burial will be at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 6. Interment will be at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery in Springfield.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

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