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Warsaw community rallies to support injured neighbor

by Simon Conolly

The Douro-Dummer community came together on Sunday afternoon at a benefit for Ben Ferrill, who was seriously injured in an accident before Christmas.

Ferrill has been in Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto since the accident, paralyzed from the neck down except for limited movement in his right arm.

The good news is that he was moved from Sunnybrook to a rehabilitation centre last week.

Ferrill was self-employed, the owner/operator of Ferrill Excavating and Demolition, and a life long resident of the Warsaw area.

“He’s doing well,” said Jim Burton, Ferrill’s father-in-law. “He’s in good spirits.”

The benefit was organized by the School Council, and held at Warsaw Public School.

The road up to the school was lined with cars on both sides, and the school packed with families supporting the effort.

Raffles, door prizes and a silent auction were among the events taking place, with games and bouncy castles for the kids.

Donna Peacock of the School Council said the Council members had decided to transform their annual school fun day into the benefit. Ferrill has two children who attend the school.

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