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6-year-old accidentally killed in dad's wood chipper

A 6-year-old Connecticut boy was killed Tuesday in a tragic accident involving his dad's wood chipper. WVIT-TV's Jeff Saperstone reports.

A 6-year-old Connecticut boy was killed in a tragic accident involving a wood chipper early Tuesday.

Jeffrey Bourgeois, 6, was helping his father clear brush in a client's yard in Salem, Conn., when his arm got stuck in the chipper, state police said.

"The youngest child attempted to help his father and when his father's back was turned, he picked a branch up and fed it into the chipper when he was pulled into the chipper," State Police Lt. Paul Vance said.

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The father owns a tree removal service and brought his three children to the house where he was performing tree work.

Police received a 911 call at 8:45 a.m. reporting that reporting a child had been seriously injured in the yard of a private home. 

The fire chief is a neighbor and was the first to respond.

"The family lives right across the street from me.  I saw what we had, and I kept everyone away," said Chief Gene Maiorano.

Officials are investigating the incident, but they said it appears to be a tragic accident.

Even though students are off this week, grief counselors will be on hand starting Wednesday.

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