CHESTERVILLE — A young boy was airlifted out of Chesterville yesterday morning, June 1st, after being run over by a riding lawnmower, local fire and police officials have confirmed.
SD&G OPP Const. Tylor Copeland said the child’s foot or leg was injured in the incident.
The air ambulance began descending over the village shortly before 10:40 a.m. Crowds attending Chesterville’s annual Art on the Waterfront festival looked up and noticed the chopper, leading some to worry a motorcyclist participating in that same day’s Telus Ottawa Ride for Dad might have been involved in an accident. (Hundreds of bikes were travelling through Chesterville as part of that campaign.)
However, approaching the north end of town, NVN noticed police cars and Chesterville firefighters at a home near the railway tracks and more first responders further up Main Street North, which was temporary closed to accommodate the landing of the air ambulance in a grassy area at the Loucks Rd. intersection. The chopper wasn’t long before it took off with its young patient aboard.
Many readers on Facebook expressed their solidarity with the injured child and how he would be in their prayers.
“My thoughts are with the young boy and his family,” wrote Debbie Leclair. “Thanks should go to the first responders from the Chesterville Fire Department, Ambulance and OPP. They were literally running at the scene in order to attend and transport him very quickly. It must be so hard to deal with an injured child, but they should be proud of their efforts today.”
“Our family has the boy in our prayers,” wrote Tammy Carruthers.