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A religious studies teacher was unable to be saved after collapsing at his desk, despite three of his colleagues’ best efforts.

James Kiernan collapsed behind his desk at Shalom College in Bundaberg, Queensland, after arriving at around 7:30am on Tuesday.

Colleagues immediately performed CPR on the father-of-three before paramedics arrived, but they were unable to revive him. 

Principal Dan McMahon confirmed Mr Kiernan’s death at 10:50am, by which time his wife had arrived to be by his side as he died. 

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson confirmed that Mr Kiernan, who was in his 50s, died from a heart attack.

Religious studies teacher James Kiernan died of a heart attack shortly after arriving at work on Tuesday morning

Mr Kiernan had worked at Shalom College (pictured) in Bundaberg, Queensland, since 2021 and was fondly remembered by the school’s principal Dan McMahon

Friends and associates are now remembering the ‘much loved’ teacher who had worked at the college since 2021.

 ‘James loved his Catholic faith and lived it,’ Mr McMahon told the Courier Mail.

‘James has been a much loved member of staff at Shalom since 2021 and would, perhaps, have taught more students here than the vast majority of teachers given that he had a full teaching load of Religious Education.’ 

Friend and colleague Dale O’Connell paid his tributes on social media.

‘James Kiernan was one of the most genuine blokes I have ever had the honour to call a mate and colleague,’ Mr O’Connell wrote. 

‘The world has lost one of the good guys.’

Shalom College is now offering counselling services to students and staff. 

Mr Kiernan will be survived by his wife Peta, three daughters and a number of grandchildren.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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