Former Damascus High Football Player Drowns in Washington County

A 19-year-old Montgomery County man, a 2017 graduate of Damascus High School, drowned in a quarry near Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office says.

Emile Victor Pitt Jr. died while swimming with friends Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office says.

A GoFundMe page has been created to pay for funeral expenses. More than $8,300 had been collected by Tuesday morning toward a $10,000 goal.

Pitt was studying to become a petroleum engineer at Montgomery College and Penn State University, according to the GoFundMe page.

“Emile was also a gifted athlete, playing football his entire four years at Damascus High School,” the page says.

The sheriff’s office says a group jumped off the rocks into the quarry and were swimming when Pitt became fatigued and drowned.

A dive team from Berkeley County, West Virginia, removed the victim from the water, according to the police account.


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