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Father of Burned Teen Speaks to News 5

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Steve Ferrell says it's been tough.

"Shocked. Can't believe something like this happened and it takes it to a whole different level when you can actually watch what happened to your son. It's not fun. I don't wish that on anybody. You can't close your eyes at night without seeing it. I can't," said Ferrell.

Cell phone video shows his 16 year old son, Cordell, on fire after another teen throws gasoline on him. Cordell screams for help. While the sheriff's office says only one person at the bonfire went to help Cordell, Steve believes no one did. He also says Cordell wasn't taken to the hospital until 9 hours later, by another teen who wasn't present during the incident. It's been 19 days since it happened and his father is thankful for the progress.

"The skin graph done real good. This is amazing the doctors.  For what he's been through, he's doing exceptionally well," said Steve.

He's also amazed by all the support they've received.  "It's phenomenal. The support he's gotten and the visits at the hospital from friends and people pulling together wanting to help. I'm probably going to have to replace the hinges on my doors, they open and close so much," the father said.

It's a community that just keeps on giving. On April 5th, a benefit ride will be held for Cordell here at Dunn's Shell Gas station in Grove Hill. It will begin at 8 a.m.

"You'll see the parking lot full of bikers. It's a tremendous sight to see when they line up across here and head out. It's a small town with a big heart and what people in Grove Hill do, when somebody has a need, they reach out immediately to help," said Barbara Whittington, the Shell station manager.

Steve says he's grateful and as his son heals, hopes a valuable lesson is learned.

"Cory needs to pick better friends and I think he's learned that lesson. Choose them wisely," he said.

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office said they have charged the juvenile who threw the gasoline with assault first degree, which is a felony. A hearing has been set for March 31st. The sheriff's office says because alcohol was involved, it is also investigating where the teens got the alcohol.
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