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April 15, 2014

Uncle of boy hurt at park lauds rescuers

NEW CASTLE — An uncle of the boy who fell at McConnell’s Mill State Park lauded rescue workers for their efforts.

The Rev. Keith Karns said he arrived to find crews in the midst of a grueling, three-hour effort.

He said about 30 people had worked under difficult conditions Saturday to rescue his nephew. Noting they had a difficult task, Karns said they had to get the boy off the rocks where he had fallen, ford a stream, then climb with him up a steep hill before he could be placed in an ambulance.

“They are to be applauded for their diligence and professionalism,” the Connoquenessing man said.

 His nephew, Nathan Kline, 15, of Mars was being considered for discharge Monday from Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

“It depends on how he does,” Karns said. “He is in a lot of pain.”

Nathan, a student at Mars High School, underwent surgery to have a titanium rod placed in his leg to repair a broken femur, according to Karns.

He said Nathan’s parents, Sally and Don Kline, were initially notified by paramedics that Nathan had fallen at the park and were instructed to wait until it was determined which hospital he would be taken to and then meet him there. A second call came later, informing the family the rescue effort was more difficult than had been anticipated and Nathan was going into shock. Family members then went to the scene, Karns said, and Nathan’s mother was able to travel on the helicopter with him.

The Slippery Rock Township Fire Department was assisted by Portersville, Muddy Creek, Hickory, Volant and Scott Township fire departments.

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