CMS student is Everyday Hero
On March 27, Cassville Middle School seventh grade student Trey Sturgell will receive the American Red Cross' Everyday Hero Award at a special ceremony that will be held at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.
Trey was one of 11 individuals from the southern Missouri region to be selected for the special award. The American Red Cross received over 100 nominations from the region, which includes 40 counties in the southern part of the state.
Trey's grandmother, Jean Sturgell, of Cassville, nominated the young man for the special award after Trey helped save the life of his younger brother, Trace, last summer.
"Trey had a friend over, and he and his friend and Trace were all at the house last summer," said Chad Sturgell, Trey's father. "I left for a little while because I had to bale hay across the creek. I told them to mow the yard and pick up sticks and things while I was gone."
After the boys had been working for a while, Trey heard his brother crying and learned that one of the family's horses had stepped on Trace.
"Trey called me," said Chad, who is the son of Norman and Jean Sturgell. "I told him to bring me a truck because I was on the tractor."
Instead of leaving Trace at home in pain, Trey took the initiative to load his younger brother in the truck and drive him to the field where their father was working. Chad rushed Trace to the hospital where the youngster was airlifted to Cox South in Springfield.
"His spleen had been busted in two, and he was bleeding internally," said Chad. "He had to have over a pint of blood. They also did an exploratory surgery to make sure everything else was alright."
Trace spent a week in the hospital. During that time, Trey visited him everyday.
"He would bring him farm toys or whatever else he wanted," said Chad. "Trey is a kid who loves kids. He is quite a boy.
"I do not know many other kids who would have done what he did," continued Chad. "He knew something was bad wrong just by what he gathered from his brother. He loaded him in the truck and brought him to me. I don't know many other kids who would do something like that."
By taking the initiative to transport Trace to their father as quickly as possible, Trey helped save his younger brother's life. That initiative is the reason Jean decided to nominate him for the Everyday Hero Award.
"He was instrumental in helping to save Trace's life," said Jean. "It is unusual for a 12-year-old boy to not ignore his little brother. He didn't see it happen. He just saw Trace on the ground crying, and he had a friend there. Most kids, if they had a friend over, would have told their younger sibling to stop being a baby.
"He realized this was serious," continued Jean. "He picked him up, put him in the truck and took him to Chad. He went above what a 12 year old would normally think to do."
When the family was notified that Trey had been selected for the Everyday Hero Award they learned that Trey was only one of three nominees to receive a unanimous vote of approval, said Jean.
"They said they couldn't believe a 12 year old could drive," said Jean. "They also were impressed by his reaction to the accident."
Trey is the son of Chad and Shawna Sturgell and Mandy and Wyatt Clevenger. In addition to spending time with his younger siblings, Trace, Carter and Tyra, Trey enjoys playing baseball and football.