A POPULAR deputy headteacher died after being tramped by cows while walking his dog.
David Clark, aged in his 50s, was in Richmond, North Yorks, when the horror unfolded on Monday.
Emergency crews including an air ambulance were scrambled to the scene but sadly he couldn't be saved.
His tragic death was announced in a message to parents of pupils at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, where he worked for 23 years.
Married dad Mr Clark was described by a parent as "one of the good guys".
Staff and students at the school were informed of the accident by headteacher Jenna Potter.
In her message she wrote: "Dave was killed as a result of an accident as he walked his dogs in the countryside.
"He worked at Richmond School for 23 years and was the heart and soul of the school, taking such pride in his very important work."
Mrs Potter said the school was in shock.
She added: "He was an enormous character, a brilliant school leader and simply a lovely man who enriched the life of everyone he came into contact with, just by being himself and doing what he did every day.
"He was highly regarded by everyone he taught and families appreciated his firm but fair manner and the very high standards he expected of every student in the school.
"He never let students get away with being anything other than their very best, never giving up on them, even when at times it felt as though they wanted to give up on themselves.
"All of this, Dave did with a smile and a level of kindness and care that is seldom seen.
“Above all, Dave was a family man. Our thoughts are with Dave's wife, his children and wider family at this difficult time.“
The headteacher said that the school would celebrate Dave's contribution to the school.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed the Health and Safety Executive has been informed, and enquiries are ongoing.
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