Franklin High School Remembers 'Dino'
The community came together Thursday to remember Eddie Page, a long-time security officer at Franklin High School.
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As a security officer, Dino's job was to protect the children. But he was much more.
"To some he was a parent, a teacher. He was firm, he was fair and he was loving. They don't make people like Dino anymore."
Dino wasn't afraid of discipline, and when Dino spoke, they listened.
"He'd be like you throwing food? Oh I don't like that. He'd tell you just like that."
"Fighting in school, he told me to stop fighting, it's not worth it, get your education."
Wednesday night, Dino was closing up after another night of basketball at the rec center when he reportedly collapsed, suffering a fatal heart attack.
"Our gentle giant has passed from us."
Generations of students gathered Thursday to remember him.
"I watched him take the toughest kids and make them lose that tough veneer, and walk away smiling, ready to start their school day."
"He told me to make sure I follow my dreams and stay in school, stay on the right track, whenever I got in trouble I went to him and it was always bad."
Though they say he could be stern…
"The words he used, man he used some words... he never gave up on us."
His message was clear.
"He motivates you, that you got someone there to back you up and motivation is what us teens in Rochester need personally because without it we could be dropouts, pregnant, you never know."
"He'd say you are what you appear to be. If you present yourself as a queen, then you're going to attract a king."
The students say as they continue on with their lives, they will be looking over their shoulder…
"Every time you walk down that hall, getting ready to do something, that's strange, remember he's watching you."
… thinking, what would Dino want me to do.
School officials say Dino will be inducted into the Section V Coaching Hall of Fame in the coming months for all his years of coaching basketball. The school is continuing to offer grievance counseling. There is no word yet on funeral arrangements.