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.

2 thoughts on “Camper Killed By Falling Tree Limb

  1. Lisa

    I was there and it was a horrible/ freak thing that happend, my hearts goes out to friends and family. He would have had a chance to survive if the FIRST ambulance didn’t pull into the campground and haul ass out of there, only for the police and 2nd ambulance to arrive 45 MINUTES LATER! Makes me sick. And this article is hiding the truth about how the town handled this horrific tragedy.

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