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Ridgefield High Offers Help To Students, Alumni After Deaths Of 3 Grads

Ryan Meegan, a graduate of Ridgefield High, died in a car crash about 10 miles from the UConn campus, where he was a sophomore.
Ryan Meegan, a graduate of Ridgefield High, died in a car crash about 10 miles from the UConn campus, where he was a sophomore. Photo Credit: University of Connecticut Rugby

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — As the town of Ridgefield mourns the deaths of three of residents, Ridgefield High School is offering help and counseling to current and former students.

Current students will have the opportunity to talk with counselors on Monday after the deaths of the three recent Ridgfield High graduates in accidents, the website says.

"In light of the recent losses in Ridgefield, RHS will be offering Counseling and access to the Comfort Dogs to students throughout the day," Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin said in a statement. "Please contact your child's counselor if you have specific concerns."

Alumni are also welcome at the school for guidance.

"RHS graduates are welcome to come to the Counseling Suite or the Main Office to visit with the Comfort Dogs," says a post on the school's website. "We are offering this support to our graduates, but please note that visitors must present a Photo ID at the Security Desk. All visitors are asked to remain in these identified areas as school is in session for our current students."

On Friday, Ryan Meegan, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Connecticut, died in a car accident near the college campus . A second UConn student from South Windsor was also killed.

Meegan was a pre-teaching major and member of the rugby team on campus. "Ryan, we will miss your laughter, honesty and infectious humor,'' said his coach, Phil Bergen, on the Ridgefield Daily Voice Facebook page. "You continue to be the inspiration that has contributed towards making us who we are. I will never forget you. Thank God for the gift of memories. Until we see you again, every time an uncompromising tackle is made, we will be proud and honored to remember you on the soccer fields of Ridgefield!"

On Sunday, two teenagers from Ridgefield who attend Colgate University were killed in a plane crash Sunday in Morrisville, N.Y., after taking off from Hamilton Municipal Airport near the college campus.

The two teenagers killed were both freshmen: Cathryn (Carey) Depuy and Ryan Adams.

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