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Boy rescued after falling down 100-foot snowbank

A 4-year-old boy was rescued Sunday after tumbling almost halfway down a 100-foot snow bank in Leominster, fire rescue officials said.

The boy, who was not identified, was playing with a friend near the top of the embankment where Second Street dead-ends when he fell over the top about 1:45 p.m., said Lemonister Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Davis. A neighbor noticed one of the boys was missing and rushed to throw down an extension cord for the child to hold onto, he said.

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The boy fell about 40 feet, and firefighters arrived within minutes to hoist him up with a rope and harness.

“Everything happened pretty quick, it was kind of straightforward,” Davis said. “His sister came over and was talking to him from up top while we were deploying the equipment, so he remained pretty calm.”

Davis said firefighters had just been trained on the rope rescue technique in December. He said the boy had no injuries and was not transported to a hospital.

Alyssa Edes is a Metro Correspondent. Follow her on Twitter @alyssaedes.
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