12-year-old Van Hoosen Student Dies After Collapsing on Park Field

The boy was running laps with teammates, sheriff's deputies said.

A 12-year-old Oakland Township boy died Saturday after collapsing at an Orion Township park.

According to a report from the , the boy was running laps with teammates at , at Baldwin and Clarkston roads, when he collapsed around 11 a.m. Saturday. He was unconscious when sheriff's deputies arrived at the park; the boy's mom was with him on the scene, the report stated.

In an email sent to parents on Saturday, Principal Michael Behrmann identified the boy as Joseph "Cooper" Salsberry, a sixth-grader.

Deputies performed CPR on Cooper until an ambulance arrived; he was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:04. The cause of death was not known; an autopsy will be performed, according to the sheriff's report.

The middle school will be open from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday; counselors and staff members will be available for students who want to write, draw or talk about their feelings, Behrmann stated in an email to parents. 

"While student response to tragic events varies, it is important to talk to your son or daughter and keep communication open," Behrmann advised.

On Twitter on Saturday night, there were more than 100 postings with the hashtag "#RIPCooper" from those expressing their condolences to the Salsberry family.

Funeral arrangements are pending through Modetz Funeral Home in Orion Township.

Shawn Fath April 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
It is so sad to see a young kid pass away. My heart goes out to his family, friends and teammates. As a coach myself it made me think and after reading this I advised everyone to take there son/daughter for a physical. It's always better to be safe. Our team will say a prayer for Cooper at our next game/practice.
Chris April 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Well, maybe he had a physical-don't assume..
Kim Bordine Reynolds April 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
It was nice that Dave Wilson mentioned Cooper in his message today at Kensington Orion. Our prayers, of course, are with the Salsberry family. Love from the Reynolds
Josie April 15, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Salsberry Family. Many blessings for strength. Love, The Boike's.
Steven Edwards April 16, 2012 at 03:35 AM
God Bless the Salsberry Family in their struggle to make sense of this tragedy. My boys have been playing baseball on the fields at Frienship Park for 8 years or more. I can't imagine any greater loss than losing a child, especially while playing a sport that he obviously loved. My heart and prayers are with you! I hope somehow you may find peace in all of this sorrow.
Marie Hanna June 09, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Cooper wasn't just any boy. He was a saint, an angle, a freckled-orange-haired boy who doesn't deserve what he got. He also had lots of humer in him. Cooper would make everyone around him happy, and in a great mood. My heart sank when I heard what happened. I loved and will forever remember and love Cooper till the day 'I' die.
Kate Roberts June 12, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I'll really miss coop! He was one of my buddies at school and I even showed him how to shoot a rubber band gun style! I remember the first time he tried he accidentally shot himself in the face. But the next day in language arts he came up to me and said "see Kate now I can shoot the rubber band I was practicing at home". So Mr. And Mrs. Salsbury if you saw him playing with a rubber band that's probably why! Cooper and I were partners in language arts extension, it was to make a story cube from the movie Hazel (well it was more of a short show). I remember him and his friends John and Garrett finding a rubber band and then just flinging it at each other. Eventually I got the rubber band and shot it gun style at John both him and cooper looked really surprised that a girl could shoot a rubber band better than they could! Eventually they got me to show them how to do it, John caught onto it right away, but coop had problems with it a t first. By the next day they were both shooting rubber bands like pros. Language arts extension was when cooper and I became friends, I think I found everything in life given to me then. Now I value the time I have with my friends so in case if I do lose them like Coop I will have so many great memories with them so I will never forget them. Only the good will ever die young, and cooper was too good for this fate, I wish he didn't leave us crying or lonely, but hear can't change the past, only the future ~Kate Roberts
Joane July 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
My friend knew him. When he/she got the text saying he was gone we didn't know weather to believe it.


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