Blue Ridge victim remembered

Blue Ridge Principal Matthew Nebzydoski displays a wooden cross, crafted by high school woodshop students, in remembrance of Mahlon Mosher who was killed by a train on his way to school last week. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILON


Blue Ridge High School students gathered together in the auditorium Friday afternoon.


It was the first time the student body had been in one place since learning of the train accident that took the life of 16-year-old, sophomore, Mahlon Mosher last Tuesday morning as he was walking to school.

“We’ve lost a friend, lost a member of the Blue Ridge family. It’s a difficult time” Principal Matthew Nebzydoski said to the students.

The video assembly had already scheduled for Friday afternoon. But several Blue Ridge students had approach the principal, asking to also take time to honor Mosher.

Pat Creamer and Juan Hernandez spoke about their friend, who had only entered the district at the beginning of the school year.

“We’re here to say good-bye to friend, one of the most respectful people we’ve ever known” Creamer said.

“Mahlon is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Mahlon Mosher,” Hernandez said.

The two young men speaking asked their fellow students to remember Mahlon and his family, as well as the train’s engineer in their prayers who are all “going through a tough time.”

Following the short remarks by the students, Nebzydoski said, “The students at Blue Ridge have always been and will always be a class act.

Students in the high school shop class crafted a wooden cross that, with the property owner’s permission, will be placed in a respectful manner near the site of Mosher’s death.

Following Mosher’s death, grief counselors were made available to students on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mahlon and his family had not been in the area for long. They had relocated to Northeast Pennsylvania from Texas earlier this year to work in the natural gas industry, Superintendent Robert McTiernan said, but already Mahlon had made his presence known at the school.

“He was a really nice kid. A quiet kid – personable, very respectful,” McTiernan said. “He did have some close friends on the wrestling team … that seemed to be the beginnings of his core group of friends in Blue Ridge.”

William Kelly was one of Mahlon’s wrestling coaches for just two months, but even in that short time, the teen made an impact on his team.

His teammates plan to honor Mahlon at their first home meet next week by wearing black armbands in his memory, Kelly said.

“He was a great kid. I’ve never seen a more polite kid in my life,” Kelly said. “The world’s going to be sadder without him.”

Times-Shamrock writers Denis J. O’Malley and Katie Sullivan contributed to this report.