Pizza shop owner died in teen’s arms

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A popular pizza shop owner died in the arms of a teenage boy who raced to his rescue.

Jesus Ferreno (pictured right) collapsed on the stairwell outside Amigos on Station Lane in Featherstone.

Mr Ferreno, 68, had been in the flat above the takeaway he had run for more than 20 years when he was suddenly taken ill on Wednesday, January 29, at around 3pm.

Josh Davis, 16, his uncle Daryl Davis and his grandad Paul Davis, ran to help Mr Ferreno and waited until paramedics and police arrived.

Mr Ferreno’s eldest daughter, Lindsay Ferreno Lister, 41, said: “The response from people has been overwhelming. It makes such a sad time that little bit better to cope with knowing how much he was loved by people.

“He had the pizza shop for more than 20 years and had served generations of the same families.

“When we heard that people had been with him at the end it made us feel a bit better knowing that he wasn’t by himself. I’ve spoken to Josh just to let him know how grateful we were.”

Josh’s father Gareth Davis added: “Josh held him and tried to comfort him the best he could until the ambulance arrived.”

Dozens of bunches of flowers have been left outside the shop in Mr Ferreno’s memory.

Acting Insp David Rogerson said: “One of the first officers on the scene, PCSO Paul McKimm, tried to give first aid but unfortunately it was too late. I would like to thank those people who assisted the police and paramedics in what must have been a very distressing and traumatic situation. Our thoughts are with the gentlemen’s family.”

Many people have paid their respects to Mr Ferreno on Facebook. Michael Earnshaw wrote: “A very sad day for Featherstone. Jesus was one of the friendliest guys you could ever wish to meet he has fed my family for over 20 years, he will be sadly missed.”