Patuxent student dies after collapsing at school

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Patuxent High School freshman Trevase Chew,14, of Lusby died Friday afternoon following a collapse at school that same day.

His neighbor Tracy Foote of Lusby confirmed Trevase's death but was unsure of the cause.

An email sent Friday — prior to Trevase's death — by Patuxent High School Principal Nancy Highsmith and Calvert County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said the he was playing basketball at Patuxent High School when he collapsed.

The email did not give Trevase's name but said that "life saving treatment" was administered by school staff at the scene and emergency medical personnel were immediately contacted. He was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, the email said, requesting that the public "keep this student and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

A later email from Highsmith said Trevase's family members were with him at the hospital.

Foote said Trevase was a friend of her kids' and frequently at her house.

"He was a wonderful child. …Always had everyone laughing, very outgoing," Foote said, continuing that basketball was one of Trevase's favorite activities.

"He and my children were always out there playing basketball," she said.

Foote said Trevase's survivors include his parents and two sisters.

She said a memorial service for Trevase was held Sunday night at Patuxent High School.

Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick is handling the services. A viewing is planned from 6 to 8 Friday at the funeral home. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greater Mount Zion Church, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.