April 1, 2011

Dover contractor's leg severed while working in Windham

Union Leader Correspondent
WINDHAM -- A Dover father of three is listed in critical condition at a Boston hospital after fire officials say he was struck by a piece of metal pool siding, severing his right leg just below the knee.
Steve Harriman, 41, of 21 Grove St. in Dover
 was dismantling an above-ground pool at 94 Lowell Road in Windham just before 1 p.m. on Thursday when the metal sides of the pool gave way, said Windham Fire Chief Tom McPherson.
McPherson said Harriman, a contractor working at the home, was draining the pool filled with a large amount of ice and water at the time of the accident.
Windham police and fire personnel responded to a call for a medical emergency at around 1:09 p.m. yesterday, McPherson said.
 Emergency responders found a conscious Harriman lying face down in the rear of the property, with a complete amputation of his right leg below the knee, said McPherson. 
McPherson said he did not know who made the 911 call or if anyone else was with Harriman at the time of the accident. 
Harriman remained conscious while emergency responders transported him to nearby Griffin Park at 101 Range Road, where a DHART medical helicopter landed to transport him to Boston Medical Center at about 1:30 p.m., McPherson said. 
On Thursday evening, a hospital spokesman said Harriman was listed in critical condition. 
Bill Hall of Durham, a friend of Harriman’s, said Thursday that Harriman works to fix up and maintain foreclosed properties around the state. Hall said he often works alone. 
Harriman, son of Carol Harriman of Dover and Jerry Harriman of Rochester, is a lifelong resident of Dover, Hall said. 
He now lives with his 14-year-old son, Hall said. Harriman’s two younger children live with his ex-wife in Massachusetts, he said. 

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