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Johnston County middle school football, baseball coach dies after testing positive for coronavirus

Posted December 22, 2020 7:37 p.m. EST
Updated December 22, 2020 11:31 p.m. EST

— A Johnston County middle school teacher has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

John Krol was the head football and baseball coach at Swift Creek Middle. He lived in Clayton with his wife and was a father to five boys.

According to his biography on the Johnston County Schools website, he taught for 17 years in the district.

Krol died from a blood clot in his lungs, according to a close family friend. Blood clotting in the lungs is a known complication from coronavirus.

Coworkers say Krol was always there to offer a smile and a lending hand. April Lee is a teacher in the county and worked with Krol for about 10 years.

"I just think about his life and his boys. He was just an incredible person," Lee said.

A GoFundme set up in his name has already raised more than $20,000.

"He leaves a hole that will never be filled in our hearts," the GoFundMe, organized by Hope Gebhardt from Clayton, says.

Johnston County Schools has more than 75 active cases of coronavirus among staff and students as of Tuesday, according to the district's coronavirus dashboard. Thirty-five of those cases are among employees.

Swift Creek Middle currently has 11 students in quarantine and four staff in quarantine.

Photo of teacher staff posted by Angie McLeod Barbour on Facebook.

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