News // Feb 19, 2020

Tyler Ferreby Receives Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Scholarship

  • Jennifer Crowley Fyke

Full scholarship awarded in honor of his father, Seaman Christopher Ferreby

Tyler Ferreby was just seven months old when his father, Seaman Christopher Ferreby, died from injuries incurred while on a maritime law enforcement patrol on Lake Ontario, near the mouth of the Niagara River in New York State.

Ferreby and three other Coast Guard crew members were aboard a 22-foot patrol boat in the cold winter that March 2001, when a rogue wave topped the boat and all four were forced into the water. After they failed to check-in, Coast Guard from nearby Station Niagara launched a search and located the crew in the water, wearing dry suits and life jackets. Two of the crew members were treated for hypothermia. Tragically, Seaman Ferreby and BM2 Scott Chism succumbed to their injuries.

Ferreby 10 Year Anniversary
In this 2011 Coast Guard photo, Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, comforts Tyler Ferreby following a ceremony at Station Niagara, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the death of his father, Coast Guard Seaman Chris Ferreby. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen.

Amy Ferreby, Chris’ widow and Tyler’s mother, remembers their time at Station Niagara well. In addition to his Coast Guard duties, Chris worked as the “Mr. Fix It” at their apartment complex, helping other residents with home repair and general maintenance. They spent a lot of time on the water in their free-time and enjoyed recreational boating and other outdoor activities. They frequently gathered with other Coast Guard members and families, and they enjoyed the camaraderie and community that came with being assigned at a small duty station.

“Chris loved serving in the Coast Guard, and was very proud of serving on a couple of rescue missions,” she shared.

Tyler graduated from high school in 2019, and now, as a freshman at Wake Technical Community College, he is enrolled in a mechanical engineering degree program.

“The older he gets, the more I see Chris in his face and mannerisms,” shared Amy. “Like his dad, Tyler can do anything with his hands.”

The Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Hero Scholarship program is making Tyler’s dream of a college degree a reality by covering all of his college expenses, including tuition, room and board, fees, and books.

It’s truly our honor to support Tyler’s education. We honor his father’s service and sacrifice by providing this important support to ensure that Tyler can complete his education worry-free.

Susan Ludwig, Coast Guard Foundation President

Ferreby 2014 Anniversary
Members of Coast Guard Station Niagara show reverence during a memorial service for Coast Guard members Chris Ferreby and Scott Chism held at the station, March 23, 2014. Photo by Seaman Alexis Motley.

Amy reflected on what the scholarship means to her and their son.

“It feels like even after all this time, he’s still taking care of us. Tyler didn’t have the opportunity to know his dad, but this scholarship is a reminder that he’s still here with us.”



The Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 following the death of Coast Guard member BM2 Nathan Bruckenthal. Through the fund, the Coast Guard Foundation provides a 100% scholarship for the children of Coast Guard fallen heroes.

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