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Boy rescued after falling over embankment in Leominster

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LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WHDH) -

A young boy was rescued in Leominster Sunday afternoon after falling over an embankment.

The 4-year-old boy slid down almost 40 feet in the area of Spring Street and 2nd Street. Neighbor said he and his brothers were playing on the snow banks and the boy slipped. He came very close to slipping down the steep, icy, snow covered embankment. A small river runs at the bottom.

Neighbor Omar Bonino was not far away when he heard the boy was in trouble. He threw down an extension cord for the boy to hold onto until emergency responders arrived.

A firefighter went down on a harness to bring the boy back up.

"We sent two men over the edge, repelled down to the child, assessed his injuries. He didn't appear to be injured, he just appeared to be stuck on the hill," said Leominster Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Davis.

The boy was not seriously injured and was not transported to the hospital.

Bonino was thrilled that he was able to help.

"I helped the kid, I'm so happy...thank God. I'm so happy that I did it," he said.

Apparently it's not uncommon for people to fall down that embankment. Neighbors said that it's almost a rite of passage.

"I've been living here since '67 and I remember falling down there many times myself," said Wayne Richard.


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