Slinger High School Football Player Dies Weightlifting
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SLINGER - Family and friends of a high school student and football player from Slinger were grieving his loss Friday morning after an accident that happened at his home.
Jake Pezon was a junior at Slinger High School. He played wide receiver and defensive back for the football team.
Slinger police say 16-year-old Jake Pezon was home alone in his basement rec room Wednesday night and was bench pressing 185 pounds when the weights dropped on him.
Police Lt. Joel Schodron says Pezon's mother arrived home shortly after midnight Thursday and found her son unresponsive. Schodron says the teen was dead by the time first responders arrived.
Officers were investigating the details of the accident, and the Washington County Medical Examiner had an autopsy scheduled for Friday.
According to Slinger School District Administrator Bob Reynolds, people had lots of positive memories of Pezon.
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"The football coach remembers him as being a real fun-loving, hard working guy," said Slinger School District Administrator Bob Reynolds in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ.
"They remember his smile. They remember how good he felt in our opening football game when he ran a punt back for a touchdown."
Pezon was also a member of the wrestling team, and that team's coach told Reynolds that Pezon was an "all-around nice kid, a hard worker. They really can't say enough good about him."
Reynolds said that he's got a crisis team working with his family and with Slinger High classmates and teammates.
"In all situations of this kind, you have a group of families you're concerned about," said Reynolds.
"You're concerned about the student's family. How best can we support them through this terrible situation? The second family you think about is the family of friends that were part of Jake's life, football team and so forth."
Counselors will be at the school today assisting students and teachers there.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.