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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Cedarhurst resident Aaron Tepfer dies
Extrication from boat propeller was a team effort for emergency responders
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Cedarhurst resident Aaron Tepfer, 10, died from his injuries sustained after a boating accident in Reynolds Channel.

Aaron Tepfer attended the school where his mother is a fifth grade teacher. The 10-year-old was heading into the sixth grade at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway. Monday would have been his first day of school.

The Cedarhurst resident died last Saturday due to injuries he sustained in a boating accident in Reynolds Channel on Aug. 23, when he fell out of the tube that was attached to a 27-foot Sea Ray Sundeck boat operated by a friend’s father and his left leg was struck by the boat’s propeller, police said, adding that there were five other children aboard the boat.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Aaron Tepfer who died this past weekend as a result of a boating incident,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. “I also would like to thank the six Town of Hempstead Bay Constables for their efforts to rescue the young boy in the wake of this tragic incident.”

Fire departments and rescue and police units responded to the scene near Atlantic Beach after the initial call came in at 2:23 p.m. Four Lawrence-Cedarhurst firefighters, Capt. Steven Magliaro, Lt. Thomas Foy and firefighters David Kocaj and Justin Caliguari, got to the scene on the department’s boat which is moored at the yacht club, LCFD Chief John McHugh said.

“They found the child stuck in the propeller mechanism and freed him,” McHugh said. They used their EMT training, and they secured the leg as best they could and got him onto our boat. They took him to Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad and were met by Inwood Fire Department ambulance that took him to St. John’s.”

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