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South High School teacher remembered

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OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A staff member at Omaha's South High School has suddenly passed away. FOX 42 News told you about it as breaking news Tuesday night. Now, we're learning more about the life of Tom Dickey and the events that took place just before his death.

"Terrible tragedy," said Bridget Donovan, president of the Omaha Education Association.

There was shock and disbelief Wednesday over the unexpected loss of Dickey. He died Tuesday after being transported to the hospital from campus. He was only 37 years old.

"He was a good colleague for the other teachers to work with and such a positive influence."

Donovan says healing will take time.

"He meant a lot to Omaha Public Schools. He really was an extraordinary teacher and he had such a positive energy."

OPS released additional facts about Dickey's untimely death Wednesday afternoon. A spokesperson told us he helped break up a fight involving several students before suddenly not feeling well. He was then transported to a nearby hospital, but did not survive. His cause of death has not been released.

"Tom was really a larger than life figure," said Ruben Cano, South High School's principal.

Cano is also heartbroken.

"Everybody knew him and he had this infectious personality. If he were to walk in right now, within ten minutes he would know everybody in the room and you would know something about him."

Dickey is survived by his wife and two children.

"He is really going to be missed," said Donovan.

A spokesperson for OPS told FOX 42 News Wednesday the district is cooperating with Omaha police. We're told the students involved in the fight are facing punishment. Specific details of that punishment, however, are not being released due to student privacy laws.

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