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EMTs Aid a Child with Arrow in Eye

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

WILMINGTON- A 9-year old Andover boy was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital late last week after being shot in the eye with an arrow.

Deputy Police Chief Bob Spencer said Wilmington dispatchers received a 911 transfer call on Saturday from Massachusetts State Police. Mark Coneeny, the boy's father, told dispatchers his son had an arrow sticking out of his eye and he was rushing him to a Boston hospital.

Dispatchers told the father to pull into the Interstate 93 south breakdown lane and wait for an ambulance. Officer John Tully responded with the ambulance to I-93 and met the Coneeny's black Lexus at the Route 129 exit.

There he spoke with Bret Coneeny who told him a friend accidentally shot him with an arrow.

"I do not know what type of arrow it was," Spencer said.

However, he is concerned by the accident. While the accident happened in Andover, there are no rules or regulations governing who can buy archery equipment.

Wilmington is no longer the rural community it once was and Spencer said he wonders how careful a child will be with a bow and arrow.

Wilmington does not allow hunting in any form within the town boundaries, but it does not mean people do not hunt here, he said.

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