Local Librarian Severely Injured in Fall From Swampscott Porch
A Marblehead librarian was rushed to the hospital Thursday afternoon following a fall from a second-floor porch on Blaney Street.
A local librarian who suffered severe head injuries when he fell from a second-floor porch Thursday afternoon was rushed to Mass General Hospital in Boston.
The man, identified by a friend who witnessed fall as Christopher Tremblay, 27, of 45 Blaney St., Swampscott, was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Boston with severe head and neck injuries.
At approximately 12:45 p.m., Swampscott police and fire units responded to the scene and though they initially called for a MedFlight helicopter to take Tremblay to the hospital, they canceled the request when they learned that it would take approximately 25 minutes for it to arrive, an officer on scene said.
Tremblay and his friend were reportedly trying to move a small brown leather couch off of the apartment building's dilapidated second-floor porch when the railing gave way.
"We rested the couch on the railing and everything just fell and broke," Tremblay's friend said, "and he fell after it."
Tremblay's friend said they were moving the couch because their landlord said the porch was too unsafe to hold it and noted that Tremblay appeared to land on the concrete in an awkward way and was having trouble breathing when paramedics arrived.
"I did what anyone would do, I called 911," he said.
The fall was approximately 15 feet, according to police.
Tremblay's status at Mass General Hospital was not immediately available.
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