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Former Twin Bridges athlete remembered by community

By Jordan Moore, KTVM Reporter, jmoore@ktvm.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:13:18 AM MST
Updated On: Sep 09 2013 10:39:31 PM MDT
TWIN BRIDGES, Mont. -

We are learning more about the former Twin Bridges High School star athlete killed in a weekend crash. According to The Montana Highway Patrol, Michael Pfertsh was riding in the back of a pickup truck on a gravel road about seven miles west of town. Troopers say the driver lost control of the vehicle around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, and that Pfertsh was pinned underneath.

We headed to Twin Bridges to speak with students and faculty who knew Michael. Students at Twin Bridges High School describe an eerie silence this morning as school started -- many of them learning about the loss of a former classmate.

"You could have heard a pin drop. A few people whispering but nobody was talking," said Andrew George.

On Monday we spoke with Andrew George and Kristen Ashcraft. They are seniors who had classes and played sports with Michael.

"Michael was always the loudest one there, he carried the cheering section on his back," said Ashcraft.

They describe him as a fun loving guy, and an even better athlete. He played basketball, football and track at Twin Bridges High School.

We also spoke to Chad Johnson, the principal of Twin Bridges High. Johnson watched Pfertsh throughout his high school career.

"He was never discourteous or disrespectful to me once, and I rarely saw it anywhere else," said Johnson.                                             

Johnson showed us Twin Bridges yearbook from last year.

"I know he really enjoyed football," said Johnson.

He says everybody is still in the very early stages of the mourning process. But the outreach from the community shows that they can work towards healing.

"I have had several calls, several emails on anything the school needs, anything the family needs," said Johnson.

Students we spoke to are just as confident in the healing process.

"It really affects you but this school comes together everybody is talking to everybody and giving each other hugs, the teachers are here for you," said Ashcraft.

A Facebook page was set up in memory of Michael Pfertsh.