Victim of fall from airborne bounce house out of hospital

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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— One of two kindergarten boys seriously injured earlier this month when the inflatable bounce house they were playing in became airborne is out of Albany Medical Center and recuperating at home, South Glens Falls police said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, South Glens Falls firefighters are planning a fundraiser this weekend for the two affected families, the first of several community efforts set for the weeks ahead.

The May 12 accident outside 22 Ferry Blvd. made national news after a freak gust of wind lifted the bounce house 15 to 20 feet off the ground, dumping three children and seriously injuring the two boys, ages 6 and 5. The toy eventually landed more than a mile away, at a middle school.

“The 6-year-old is out of the hospital,” South Glens Falls Police Chief Kevin Judd said Tuesday. “The boy is at home and is continuing his recovery.

“He still has a long way to go.”

The chief said there is no information available on the 5-year-old. The boys have not been named publicly.

A 10-year-old girl suffered minor injuries after falling out as the toy was first leaving the ground, according to a family member who witnessed the accident. The two boys suffered more serious injuries after falling from a greater height.

The investigation into the incident continues, but no criminal charges are expected. From early on Judd has described the mishap as an accident, with no evidence of any negligence or malfeasance.

On Sunday, a car wash benefit will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at South Glens Falls Fire Department Station 2 at Route 197 and Reynolds Road to aid the families.

“We thought about a day or two afterward, getting something together to help the parents out,” said Firefighter Ross Loffler, one of the first responders on the scene. “They have a long road ahead of them.”

He said in addition to the car wash, firefighters will also be accepting other donations. He said other community members are also planning fundraisers for next month.

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