Injured teen improving

Rob Montana

An Alfred-Almond sophomore injured in a car accident that killed his classmate is improving at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Billy Brown, 16, of Almond, was transported to St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell following an accident Tuesday night. The crash claimed the life of 16-year-old Paul Sharrett, also an Alfred-Almond sophomore from Almond, and caused injuries to 17-year-olds Tyler Bossard, an A-A sophomore, and Lucas Cady, an Alfred-Almond junior. Bossard and Cady suffered minor cuts and bruises.

Brown was flown from St. James to Strong Tuesday night for treatment of head injuries, but he is recovering, his mother, Florence Brown, said. He is listed in satisfactory condition at Strong.

“He’s got a broken nose, his right ear was severed, but that has been reattached,” Florence Brown said. “He’s doing leech therapy to get the blood flowing.”

Billy Brown also suffered injuries to his lungs, ribs and had a cracked sternum, his mother said, as well as severe lacerations to the right side of his face.

“He was alert and knew who I was,” Florence Brown said of seeing Billy at Strong. “He’s a good patient, he’s not a whiner.”

Though her son is recovering, she said her thoughts are with the Sharrett family.

“My heart just goes out to them,” Florence Brown said. “They’re such a wonderful family.

The Alfred-Almond student body has come together to remember Sharrett, quickly organizing a tribute Web site and a candlelight vigil. The vigil will take place at 8:45 p.m. tonight in front of the school.

“It’s totally student sponsored and organized,” A-A High School Principal Rich Calkins said. “The students have just done an outstanding job of helping out and supporting each other.

“Their level of commitment to one another is wonderful,” he added. “So, too, has been the support of the staff and the whole community.”

The student suggested tribute Web site is linked to the front page of the district’s Web site. Students from one of computer teacher Teresa Williams’s computer classes set it up.

“The tribute Web site was created by students in one of my computer classes so that friends and family can share their photos and memories of Paul,” Williams said. “The idea came about in class as we were sharing thoughts of Paul.

“Allowing students and adults to express their grief is recommended by the counselors and this is one way we thought we could reach many people,” she added. “As we receive photos and messages, we post them on the page. Paul was a great kid who was loved by everyone who knew him, and our condolences go out to the family and friends of Paul.”

A link is provided on the site for people to submit photos and messages.

Calling hours for Sharrett also will take place today — from 4-8 p.m. — at the Dagon Funeral Home, located at 38 Church St. in Hornell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Paul’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Paul M. Sharrett Scholarship Fund, c/o Alfred-Almond Central School, Almond, N.Y. 14804.