SMITHVILLE, Texas -- A Smithville Junior High School teacher died in the floods that swept through Central Texas Wednesday Oct. 30 through the morning of Thursday Oct. 31.
Emergency crews called to assist Tracy Ward in a swift water rescue at FM 20 and Track Road within the Dale community found him dead.
Ward was a special education teacher at the junior high school and was on his way to work when he was caught in the flood waters.
Friday Smithville Superintendent Rock McNulty, Ed.D. released the following statement:
It is with a heavy heart that I share that we have lost a member of the Smithville ISD faculty. Mr. Tracy Ward passed away on the morning of October 31, 2013 in the flooding in Caldwell County on his way to work. Mr. Ward was a teacher at Smithville Junior High and he will be deeply missed.
We are in the process of notifying students and parents while also working with a cadre of certified counselors. Counselors will be on campus as long as necessary to support students and staff as we all deal with this loss, as well as the events from earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Ward’s family and we will be updating our website as appropriate with additional information.
This has been a very difficult week for our community and the Smithville schools. Know that we remain focused on providing a loving and educational environment for our students and support for all our staff members. We will honor Mr. Ward as we move forward together while educating students and providing a comforting setting for them during this difficult time.
The week was made "difficult" as McNulty mentioned above due to a junior high student's death in addition to Ward's.