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Student steps up to help fellow student in need

May 15, 2013
by Tasia DeMuth

CSU student, Josh Ferreri demonstrated character and compassion for his fellow Rams after stopping to help a student who had been seriously injured.

It was a typical Saturday evening on April 6 when Ben Bagby was riding his long board from Summit Hall to his friends’ residence hall at Corbett. He was supposed to meet his friends for dinner, but while making his way across campus, he crashed and slammed his head against the concrete after trying to avoid a car.

Several students stopped to ask if Ben was okay, but it was not until Josh Ferreri came by that anyone offered to take him to the hospital.

“I had just pulled into the Academic Village parking lot and heard a couple of kids ask if something was ok,” said Josh. “I got out of my car and turned around and saw Ben lying on the ground, but he responded that he was fine. So then I was walking up to the dorm keeping an eye on him, waiting for him to stand up, and as soon as he stood up, I saw his head was bleeding pretty bad.”

At this point, Ben was bleeding profusely and needed medical attention. Josh looked at Ben’s injury, saw a puddle of blood, and decided he needed to get Ben to a hospital. Josh helped Ben to his car and drove him to Urgent Care.

“Instinct may have played a minor role only in that when I saw him lying on the ground even after he had said he was fine, I felt like there was more of a problem than he was making it seem, so I wanted to check on him again to make sure,” said Josh.

Determined to get help

When the pair arrived at Urgent Care, they were informed that they couldn’t be helped because the injury looked so severe. This did not deter Josh, as he proceeded to take Ben to Poudre Valley Hospital.

“I never really felt over my head,” said Josh. “I was a little flustered at first, because I wanted to find something to wrap his head with, but couldn't find anything. When Ben first got in the car, he had told me he was feeling light headed and like he was going to pass out, which was initially stressful, but after a couple of minutes of talking, he seemed fine.”

Once at the hospital, Josh remained with Ben and waited three hours for Ben’s parents to arrive. Though Josh and Ben had never met before, Josh was committed to making sure Ben was okay.

“I was doing what I felt was the right thing to do, and am just happy that Ben is ok and is recovering,” said Josh. “I would think that anyone on this campus would do the same thing if they were to happen upon an accident such as this, or would help those in need.” 

Family grateful for generosity

Ben’s parents, Rod and Susie Bagby, were incredibly grateful to Josh for helping their son.

“There is an angel at CSU, and his name is Josh Ferreri,” said Susie.

They offered to buy him dinner or to give him some money for the help, but Josh wouldn’t hear of it.  He told them he wanted to be a doctor someday and that it was very cool for him to help.

“I do aspire to be a physician,” said Josh. "I am passionate about trying to help others live healthy lives, as well as help them maintain the best wellbeing possible. I want to serve in less developed regions of the world, and help participate in research to better understand how to treat specific diseases and control different environmental factors that could help prevent further disease. I have always felt that I wanted to get a job in which I could work with people, and help people in whatever way possible.”

After the evening’s ordeal, Ben is now recovering. He ended up with 14 staples in his head and a hard lesson about wearing helmets. Josh’s kindness did not go unnoticed and both the Bagby family and CSU are grateful for his helpfulness and generosity.

“It warms my heart to know we’ve got such great students at Colorado State University,” said Dean of Students Jody Donovan. “Josh’s actions demonstrate our Campus of Character and deserve recognition.”

“I did it because it was the right thing to do,” said Josh. “There is no right way to do the wrong thing, so I could not just walk away knowing he was in need of assistance.”