Conn. boy, 6, killed helping dad with wood chipper

SALEM, Conn. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy helping his father on a landscaping job during school vacation was killed Tuesday after getting pulled into a wood chipper, state police said.

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.”

Jeffrey and his two older siblings were with their father, Scott Bourgeois, who owns C&S Tree Removal. The family lives in Salem, less than a half-mile from where the accident happened.

Jeffrey was a first-grader at Salem Elementary School, where he was honored in the school newsletter with a “Caught Being Good” award in December.

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