6-Year-Old Boy Killed After Being Pulled Into Wood Chipper

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Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a 6-year-old-boy after he was killed while helping his father insert branches into a wood chipper.

Jeffrey Bourgeois was putting a branch in the chipper at about 8:45 a.m. when it yanked him into the machine after his father momentarily turned his back, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. The accident happened at a home in Salem, a town of about 4,000 people nearly 30 miles southeast of Hartford.

Vance said the accident was so terrible that grief counselors were called to the scene.

“The little guy was apparently trying to help his dad,” Vance said. “It’s a very tragic and difficult scene for everybody.”

Salem First Selectman Kevin Lynden called Tuesday “a very, very sad day for our Salem residents. This was a Salem family, very good family in town, a well-known family. Our hearts and prayers go out to them.” Fox News, 10 April 2012.

Jeffrey was a first-grade student who loved running and was a member of the Boy Scouts. He is survived by his parents and two siblings.

The accident shook the town from all sides of life. In these types of incidents, counseling is a major course of action needing to be taken and the town of Salem has done just that for the family and for the kids and staff of the school the little boy attended.

A heartfelt condolence to the family for such a loss.