continued Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish, a Moriah resident, said Venne was an outstanding member of the community.
“He got a medal for helping rescue a child during the flood last year,” Jaquish said. “It’s very sad. He was athletic and a very good boy.”
A 2001 Moriah Central School graduate, Venne was an oustanding student and athlete. He was named to the 2000 all-state football team as a running back and linebacker by the New York State Sports Writers Association.
“He was a great, great kid — no, he was an outstanding man,” said Bill Larrow, Moriah Central School superintendent. “He was a true leader, a model student and someone the entire community looked up to.
“I really don’t know what to say,” he continued. “He was one of the very best. He believed in the military, he believed in his mission.”
Don Tesar, Moriah football coach, said Venne exemplified all the qualities he hopes to find in a player and student.
“He was Moriah football,” Tesar said. “He lived it his entire life. He practiced hard, played hard and demanded respect from opponents and teammates. He was a great football player and a great kid to be around. He made everyone and everything around him better. He was a real leader.”
Tesar said he and his coaches will discuss ways to honor Venne’s memory. The Vikings play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rensselaer in Schuylerville.
“The kids all know him because his mother is a teacher at school and they know what he accomplished,” Tesar said. “He’s a role model for our players today.”