Josh McIntyre

Josh McIntyre, as pictured in a Facebook post from the Owasco Fire Department. McIntyre, 18, who graduated from Skaneateles High School in June and served as an volunteer firefighter for the department, died early Thursday morning.

The Skaneateles Central School District will have grief counseling available following the death early Thursday morning of a recent graduate.

District Superintendent Lynda Quick posted a statement Thursday on the district's Facebook page saying Josh McIntyre, who graduated from Skaneateles High School last month, had died. It did not include information on the circumstances of his death.

"It is with great sadness that we regret to inform you of the passing of one of our recent graduates, Josh McIntyre," the post said.

The post said McIntyre, 18, was set to attend Alfred State College in the fall.

"Those of you who knew Josh, understand how much of a loss this is to our community," the post said.

The district said the high school counseling center would be open Thursday and then again from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Principal Gregory Santoro said that McIntyre was an outgoing, friendly student who was quick with a wide smile. McIntyre often visited Santoro's office just to chat with him and assistant principal Michael Major, Santoro said. McIntyre's frequent phrase, "I'm here!" could be heard throughout the office, Santoro said.

Santoro said McIntyre played varsity football during his senior year, was a volunteer firefighter with the Owasco Fire Department and took pride in serving his community.

"He's going to be well-missed, no question about that," Santoro said.

Santoro said counselors were available to talk to students or family members of McIntyre. 

"Anybody who had a relationship with Josh, we're here," Santoro said.

The fire department acknowledged McIntyre's death in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.

"It is with deep sadness that The Owasco Fire Department announces the passing of Firefighter Josh McIntyre, who passed away unexpectedly this morning. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers," the post said.

The Skaneateles district later announced on Facebook that a candlelight vigil to honor McIntyre's life will be held 8 p.m. Friday on the terrace overlooking the high school football field.

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Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.