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Longtime Highlands school worker dies from fall injuries

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Robert E. Rose Jr., 64, of Tarentum, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
By Brian Rittmeyer
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 1:41 a.m.

A Highlands School District employee has died from head injuries suffered while working at the administration building last week.

Robert E. “Rosey” Rose, 64, of Tarentum, a Highlands van driver and supply clerk for 36 years, died Wednesday night at Allegheny General Hospital, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office.

One Thursday, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Rose suffered head injuries when he fell off a ramp at the former administration building shortly before 10 a.m. on Aug. 21.

On Friday, the ME's office revised that, saying that Rose had fallen through a ramp, not off of one.

He died from blunt force trauma to the head; his death was ruled accidental.

The medical examiner said Harrison police were investigating; however, the department could not be reached for comment.

A school district spokeswoman said Solicitor Ira Weiss is working with authorities to determine what happened.

“Through his years at Highlands, ‘Rosey' became a district staple,” said Misty Chybrzynski, Highlands spokeswoman.

“He truly enjoyed helping people. He will be very much missed, and Highlands sends its deepest condolences to Mr. Rose's family.”

Rose was an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam.

His obituary can be found here.

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