GWHS officer’s cause of death was heart disease

A Phil­adelphia School Dis­trict po­lice of­ficer who was found un­con­scious in a Wash­ing­ton High bath­room last week died of severe coron­ary heart dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to the Mont­gomery County cor­on­er.

Sgt. Daryl Giles, 50, had stopped a fight at the school earli­er on June 2, a dis­trict spokes­man said, and then told a co-work­er he felt ill. Giles, a fa­mil­i­ar fig­ure in the high school, went miss­ing, ac­cord­ing to spokes­man Fernando Gal­lard.

He was found un­con­scious about noon, Gal­lard said. The school nurse tried to re­vive him. Giles was taken to Holy Re­deem­er in Mont­gomery County and was pro­nounced dead there, Gal­lard said.

Last week, the Mont­gomery County cor­on­er’s of­fice re­por­ted heart dis­ease was the cause of the of­ficer’s death. 

Giles, known to staff and stu­dents as “Sarge,” was an Army vet­er­an and had served as a school dis­trict of­ficer for 18 years.

Ser­vices were held on Sat­urday at Cal­vary Baptist Church, 6118 Haver­ford Ave. Buri­al was in Merion Me­mori­al Park, Rock­hill Road, Bala Cyn­wyd. ••

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