CAROLINE COUNTY - Tuesday morning started just like any other day in the Wheeler home.
Tommy Wheeler packed his books and headed off to school. Little did his father know, that would be the last time he saw his 15-year-old son alive.
Just hours later, Tommy's father received a call. Something terrible had happened.
"I got the call at about 11:30, and got to the school and they said he was doing wind sprints in gym, and after he finished he said he was having chest pains, and then he collapsed."
Thomas Wheeler says he was told school personnel immediately began CPR on his son, and soon after, the teen was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"He enjoyed life…he loved sports…he loved his family."
As he grieves for his son, Wheeler has a message for every parent out there.
"Tell your kids that you love them," he says. "Tell them that you love them every day. Because it might be the last time, give them a hug and tell them you love them."
Their faith, and memories of Tommy is what his family says will get them through this difficult time.
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