The Corey Denoncourt snowbank accident is a grim reminder to parents of the dangers of kids burrowing into the snowbanks to make snow forts. 13 WHAM reports on Dec. 20, how the school that Denoncourt attended in Greece, New York is dealing with this tragic loss today.
When 10-year-old Corey Denoncourt was digging with his friend into a snowbank at his Greece, New York apartment complex last week, visions of a cool snow fort is what the kids had in mind. Then Corey fell face first into a three-foot hole and became trapped.
Other children sprang into action trying to get Corey out while one child ran to get help from adults. Witnesses say when Corey was finally freed from the snowbank, his lips had turned blue. He was taken to an area hospital.
Corey died in the hospital the next day, but not before his teacher, Catherine Howe, was able to visit him and his parents and read Corey the cards his classmates had sent to him. On Friday Corey’s classroom was a flurry of activity and in the center of it all was an artificial Christmas tree that was donated by their classmate who had died.
The children spent the day remembering Corey and the kids even spontaneously broke into song, his favorite song from “Hairspray.” This happened when someone mentioned how much he liked the song. The 10-year-old is remembered as “funny,” and he kept everyone laughing.
The kids were told it is OK to be sad, but it is OK to be happy too when you think about all that Corey meant to them and how he made them smile. Some of his classmates talked about the funny words that Corey would make up such as “A-tink-a-you,” meaning “Thank-you.”
The tribute from his classmates evidenced just how loved Corey was. The school has started a collection for Corey’s family anyone willing to donate can contact Craig Elementary School at (585) 966-4500.