Oct 192004
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

The CSU student who broke his neck after jumping from at tree

Oct. 3 was transferred from Poudre Valley Hospital to Craig

Hospital in Englewood on Monday.

Colin Heffern, a freshman CSU student, sustained injuries while

jumping from a tree outside Parmelee Hall into piles of leaves with

his friends.

Jody Donovan, director of Student Transitions and Parent and

Family Programs at CSU, visited Heffern before he was transferred

Monday morning.

She said Heffern is paralyzed, but he has feeling above the top

of his shoulders.

Craig Hospital is known for treating spinal cord injuries.

No information about Heffern’s condition is available from the

hospital at his family’s request, said Beth Gargan, media relations

secretary at Craig Hospital.

Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police Department said the

investigation is closed and there is no evidence of foul play.

Heffern, a Cheyenne, Wyo., native, was interested in studying

landscape architecture, Donovan said.

“He’s very, very popular I must say,” Donovan said. “He’s a

delightful student. We talk about when he comes back because we

want him to come back.”

The support he has received from his peers impressed


“But as his friends have said, he’s still the same Colin,”

Donovan said.

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