The name of the rising GHS junior who perished in a tubing accident on Wednesday has been released by Greenwich Police. Emily Fedorko, just 16 when she died had created a banner for her Facebook page using a photo of a beach at sunset. She was most recently on the GHS high honor roll list for 4th marking period.
The Facebook group GHS connections, started by Elias Frank, GHS ’14, to take a stand against bullying has been updated with a post from Elias.
“What happened to one of Greenwich’s own is truly a tragedy. But one thing we as a community have proved is that we can come together and offer our support in numbers to those who need it. If you know the families involved please send a message but if not just send out your thoughts, prayers, & best wishes to those involved.
Even the fatal accident on I 95 today shows how life is too short & one can’t plan anything. So please take a moment today to give your loved ones a hug, & tell people that matter to you how much you appreciate them!” – GHS Connections, Elias Frank
The Facebook page, Greenwich Compliments, which was created to provide an opportunity for positive comments after Bart Palosz took his life on the first day of school last year at GHS, has a post from Wednesday night suggesting that while messages of thoughts and prayers for the girl who died and her badly injured friend, the driver of the boat might be considered. The post has been flooded with hundred of “Likes” and shares.
“…there are very few posts about the 2 girls who were on the boat – more importantly the one who was driving. She too is one of the most caring people I have ever met. What happened today is a tragic terrible, heart breaking accident. I can’t possibly know how much pain she is feeling today but I do know that I forgive her and I love her just as much as I did yesterday.” – Greenwich Compliments Facebook page
According to Greenwich Police Lt. Gray’s statement on Wednesday, the injured girl “was transported to the Stamford Hospital for a soft tissue injury to her leg which required extensive stitching.”
The accident is being investigated by the Greenwich Police Department Marine Section in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
“There are few words that can express the deep compassion we feel for the family of the young girl that has died and for the three other girls involved in the accident,” Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent McKersie said in a statement released on Wednesday.
On Thursday morning the district announced counseling would be offered at GHS and Eastern Middle School on Thursday and Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm.