Despite parents being constantly reminded to keep a watchful eye on their children, the truth is that unfortunate incidents can occur even when they are being closely supervised.
While clearing snow in Derry, New Hampshire, a parent was closely monitoring their child when a terrifying incident occurred. The Derry Fire Department reported that the child was struck by a falling tree. The identity of the parent has not been revealed.
The NH Fire Alarm Facebook page provided live updates on a recent incident in Derry, New Hampshire where a 6-year-old child was struck by a large pine tree while outside with a parent who was clearing snow. The Derry Fire Department later released a more detailed report on the rescue mission.
“For immediate release: Child Struck by Falling Tree,” the fire department shared in a post from Tuesday.
According to the post, at around 1:57 p.m. on March 14, 2023, the Derry Fire Emergency Communications Division received a distress call informing them that a child had been trapped under a large fallen tree. According to reports, the child, who was just six years old, had been playing outside near their parent who was clearing snow and had witnessed the incident.
Derry Police, along with Derry Engine 4, Engine 2, Medic 4, Utility 3 (plow) K1, K2, M1 and Chief 2, were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the first units discovered a child who was trapped under a large tree. They immediately requested additional resources, including an extra engine and a heavy rescue team.
Using a combination of bare hands, chainsaws, and shovels, the Derry Fire and Derry Police worked together to gain access to the child and stabilize the tree. A total of 16 firefighters and three police officers labored for 19 minutes to extricate the child from beneath the tree.
Following the successful extrication, the child was promptly transported to a nearby hospital. Despite the near-death experience, the child was fortunate to have only sustained minor injuries and was reported to be in good spirits.
Fortunately, there were no other injuries during the incident or the rescue operation. The outcome was so favorable that numerous people took to the comment section to express their gratitude to God for the child’s safe preservation.
“Thank God for His protection!” one person wrote. “And for that wonderful group of first responders! Thank you all for your service.”
“Wow!!! This could have been so so bad,” wrote another. “I almost didn’t finish reading. Thank God the child is going to be ok! And thank all first responders who helped with this.”
This type of situation is likely to induce panic among many parents, but fortunately, it ended well in this particular case.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.