CAMPER KILLED BY
FALLING TREE LIMB
SOUTH NEW BERLIN – A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was killed at the Grand Slam Campground during Saturday evening’s violent storm when a tree limb fell onto his tent, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced this afternoon.
Ryan Sutcliffe, Cumberland, R.I., was pronounced dead after a tree limb approximately 4 feet in diameter broke off during the storm, landing on his tent while he was sleeping.
The campground is on Route 18 in the Town of Morris, right across Unadilla Creek from this Chenango County hamlet.
Emergency units from the New Berlin and South New Berlin Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene, as well as law enforcement units from the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office and the NYS Police
Sutcliffe was transported by the New Berlin ambulance to Chenango County Memorial Hospital where he was declared deceased. The death is being investigated by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office and the Chenango County Deputy Medical Examiner David Hochman.