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Funeral service for Drew Swank will take place Friday

Valley Christian Head Coach Jim Puryear Valley Christian Head Coach Jim Puryear
Valley Christian Assistant Coach Mike Heden Valley Christian Assistant Coach Mike Heden
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SPOKANE, Wash. - A funeral service for Drew Swank will take place later today, Friday, October 2. Drew Swank is the Valley Christian High School football player who died following a football injury during a game Friday September 25.

The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Spokane Church of the Nazarene at 15515 E 20th Ave. A viewing will take place prior to the funeral starting at 12:30. If you plan on attending, Drew's family asks that casual wear be worn. After the funeral, a burial service will be at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Spokane. A reception at the Valley High School Gymnasium will follow the burial. The high school is located at 10212 E. 9th Ave.

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As friends and family of 17-year-old Drew Swank continue to mourn the football player's death, Swank's coaches met with the Washtucna player involved in Friday night's hit to see how he is coping.

Andrew Swank died late Sunday following a head injury suffered when he was blocked and hit the ground during an eight-man football game on the field of defending state champion LaCrosse-Washtucna on Friday.

Monday, Valley Christian Head Coach Jim Puryear and Assistant Coach Mike Heden went to Washtucna to meet the teen personally.

"It was an accident, a one in bizillion kind of thing, fluke deal and I didn't want him to be carrying around guilt for something he didn't need to be carrying guilt for," said Puryear. "We just wanted to make sure he was okay and let him know we were thinking and praying for him."

The Valley Christian coaches say they went on behalf of their team as well to let the young man know that their team is not mad at him and does not hold him responsible.

"I felt it was a necessity to go down and talk to him and let him know it was not his fault, it wasn't his hit that caused this," said Heden.

Both coaches say the community support and support in the football world has been tremendous and they are so grateful for all the prayers.

Meanwhile Washtucna High School sent KHQ an email on behalf of the Washtucna football team, which includes the communities of LaCrosse and Kahlotus.

"Our heartfelt sympathy of our entire three communities goes out to the family of Drew Swank. The Swank family called and even in their grief wanted to tell the community of their profound gratitude for the swift and immediate actions of our staff, EMTs and community to Drew's injury. They also wanted to thank us for the support and the many prayers for Drew and the family."

The school is going to host a benefit dinner for the Swank family on Tuesday, October 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Washtucna High School.

Players say they are contributing because the world of high school football is basically one big family.

"We feel like a big family, even though we compete so hard on the field, even though we kinda hide behind that, we're actually a family you don't really recognize," said Washtucna player Spencer Nichols. "Which is why we all shake hands after the game."

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