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Otis Brock passes away

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City officials say that 41-year-old Otis Brock III, the chief operations officer for the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools has died.

School district Kurt Hetager spokesman said that he passed away suddenly due to complications that are not yet known. At about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Brock was found unresponsive in his office. Southside EMS responded and transported Brock to Memorial University Medical Center where he later died, according to the school district.

Brock had been serving as the chief operations officer for the school district since 2006 and had been with the district for 14 years.

He graduated from Sol C. Johnson High School and Savannah State University. Brock is survived by his wife and two children with another baby on the way.

Statement from the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System:
On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and this community lost a great individual who dedicated his life to education and the betterment of Savannah-Chatham schools.  We are deeply saddened to report the loss of Mr. Otis Brock, Chief Operations Officer, who passed away suddenly due to medical complications.  SCCPSS would like to express our deepest condolences to Mr. Brock's family in this very difficult time.

WTOC was at the Board of Education building on Bull Street this afternoon, where it was tough to describe the silence and disbelief as employees left for the day. A lot of pain and sadness walking out the doors as they ended their work day knowing Brock had died.

Otis Brock was a well liked man, a family man and an educator this community will greatly miss.

Married with two children, and his wife pregnant with their third child, at 41 years -old, Otis Brock had already made a large imprint on the lives of children and families throughout Savannah.

Born and raised in Savannah, Brock graduated from Sol. C. Johnson High School and graduated from Savannah State University. He had been heavily active in his hometown, branching out of just education and lending his considerable talents to 100 Black Men of Savannah, Boys and Girls Club of Savannah, West Broad Street YMCA, Step Up Poverty Initiative and Rotary International.

Brock spent 14 years serving Savannah-Chatham Public Schools and the last six years as the Chief Operations Officer.

His co-workers were too sad and stunned to share any thoughts on this heartbreaking news. All the district would say about his death was it was due to medical complications. Their condolences, as well as WTOC's, go out to the entire Brock family, and his SCPSS family.

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