A New Jersey principal died trying to help save the life of a 14-year-old boy he never met, his family said on Tuesday.
Derrick Nelson, the 44-year-old principal of Westfield High School fell into a coma in February after a procedure to donate bone marrow to a sick teenager in France. The family of the 20-year officer with the US Army Reserve, including his parents, fiancee and the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, kept a vigil for him in his room at University Hospital until his death on Sunday. Nelson’s family said he had recently reenlisted in the Army. His previous military service included assignments in the Middle East.