PRP football team takes the field and remembers their fallen teammate

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 1:55 PM

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(WHAS11) - Many high school football teams took to the field... But for one team... It may have been a little hard on the heart.

It was the first game for pleasure ridge park high school since max Gilpin passed away after suffering heat exhaustion at the team's practice.

It was a somber start to PRP's football season, but for all of the players, students and fans it was an important one. Remembering 15 year old Max Gilpin who died from complications due to heat exhaustion a few days after he collapsed at a football practice.

Jimmy Henken, a parent of PRP student, says, "I'm sure all these guys out here on the field are thinking about it and I'm sure all these people from PRP are thinking about it."

Even in the midst of the game's excitement, reminders of Max are everywhere... from the players' armbands to the sympathetic sign to PRP from the Ballard High School Cheerleaders.

But parents like Jimmy Henken, say it's time to move on...

Jimmy Henken says, "We miss Max, but life goes on."

Greg Bickett's son plays football at PRP and says coming to this game tonight is his way to begin healing from the loss.

Greg Bickett, parent of PRP student, says, "We want to support PRP as much as we can. Life goes on, we regret the incident and our sympathy goes out to the family."

Still, some parents say, this tragedy will always be with them.

Laura Sollim, parent of Ballard Student says, "It's different now because somebody passed and it's very scary."

And while everyone here is trying to heal, it is very clear that while 15 year Max Gilpin may be gone, he will never be forgotten.

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