A Geneva resident and veteran of World War II had his car stolen on Sunday, January 30. Now, the community is determined to help him out.
After the war, Samuel Ferugia returned home and worked until his retirement about 30 years ago, according to WHEC. In addition to being a proud veteran, Ferugia is still independent at 95 years old.
After breakfast at the Water Street Cafe on Sunday, Ferugia went to Baroody’s Smoke Shop to purchase lottery tickets. He parked his 2003 Chevy Cavalier next to the back door, forgetting his keys in the car.
“Went in got my tickets, came right back out. I see my car going away from the door,” said Ferugia. “Wasn’t nobody in the car getting hurt, or getting caught in there. So I just took it as it is. If they find the car fine. If they don’t I’ll get along without it.”
Ferugia turns 96 on February 10. He joined the Army at 18 years old in 1944 and served in the Armored Infantry under General George S. Patton. He was married to his wife for 75 years until her death.
Water Street Cafe owner Teresa Cerino has set up a GoFundMe page here to help Ferugia buy a new car. The campaign is currently about a third of the way to its goal.
Although Ferugia did file a report with the Geneva Police, his insurance payout if the car is found would be minimal since he left his keys in the car.
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