The Central Catholic/Bishop O’Reilly Community mourns the sudden loss of Rev. Daniel Hitchko, principal from 1968-1974. The diocese has released the following statement:
The Diocese is saddened by the death of Father Daniel Hitchko. Although Father, who was 73, had been battling several serious health problems for a number of years, his sudden death while attending an event at Wyoming Area Catholic School was unexpected.
The paramedics who responded attempted to use the school’s automated external defibrillator (AED), but apparently the device was not functioning. It is unclear why it did not function or whether it would have changed the outcome.
Father Hitchko served the Church faithfully for 46 years. The Diocese mourns his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Father Hitchko and his family.
Please pray for the soul of Father Hitchko. You can read more about his years at Central at Kevin Jordan’s blog, This Just In.