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Friends remember Steven Dienno, Pocono Mountain quarterback who died following crash

By Jamie Stover, Reporter, JStover@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 13 2013 09:00:12 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 10:09:43 PM CST

Viewing held for Pocono Mountain East quarterback

A community in Monroe County pulls together after an accident claimed the life of a 17-year-old student and football star.

Pocono Mountain East High School student Steven Dienno,17, was critically injured in a car accident in September.

He died six weeks later.

Hundreds of people who knew Dienno were at the Bolock Funeral Home in Paradise Township on Wednesday.

Friends, teammates, and classmates exchanged hugs and gestures of comfort as they reflected on how Steven impacted them.

"Kid you saw on the football team leading everyone on. An amazing kid," said Ben Rance, a classmate.

"By just looking at him, you could just smile. Anytime I was sad he came up to me, anybody, any guys or girls, make me feel happy," said Mo Mustafa, a classmate.

"A positive person. He had no fears. Nothing scared him. That kid was fearless," said Brooke Dickson, a classmate.

Students at Pocono Mountain East High School admit that Dienno's death is not what should have brought them together, but they say it's exactly what Steven would have wanted.

"We really came together as a school. I'm really happy with my class. I never thought we would be this close. I became closer with a lot more people. Shows how much we care about each other," Rance said.

"School is so sad, but we are coming together. We know he would want this," Dickson said.

"We're being Cardinal strong," Mustafa said.

Students said they are also still pulling for 17-year-old Justin Bullock, who was also critically injured in the accident.

At Wednesday nights viewing students told 69 News he is making progress.