North Salem Boys Killed In Hurricane Sandy Identified

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Two young boys were killed in North Salem when this tree fell on a Bonnieview Street house during Hurricane Sandy.
Two young boys were killed in North Salem when this tree fell on a Bonnieview Street house during Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- The two young boys killed Monday evening in North Salem when Hurricane Sandy blew a tree onto a house at 19 Bonnieview St. were identified by state police as Jack H. Baumler, 11, and Michael C. Robson, 13.

Patrick Bosley, a New York state police senior investigator, said Baumler lived in the house and Robson was a neighbor.

“It was a result of the hurricane, high winds brought an extremely large tree down directly in the middle of the house,” Bosley said. “It’s extremely tragic. Both left siblings behind. It will take a lot of time to for this little neighborhood to recover.”

The boys’ siblings were hurt in the accident, but not badly. Baumler’s brother, age 13, and Robson’s sister, age 15, were both treated for minor scrapes and abrasions on the scene by the responding emergency medical services.

The accident happened Monday night at about 7:20, when Hurricane Sandy’s wind was picking up dramatically in Westchester. New York State police in Somers responded to a 911 call at the Bonnieview Street home at 7:20 p.m. and found a large tree had fallen on the residence, according to a police report.
Bosley said the tree devastated the house. It did not appear inhabitable yesterday.

North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas, who is on vacation in Turkey, said in an emailed message Tuesday, “Our hearts go out to the families of our two boys who were killed yesterday in the wake of hurricane Sandy."

He continued, "Our thoughts and prayers are with them, their families and our volunteers," he continued. "You realize how precious life is when a tragedy like this happens.

“Please keep safe and be careful,” Lucas wrote. “There are many broken tree limbs still stuck in trees."

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We hope and pray that everyone will remain safe at times like this and when something like this happens it is a tragedy for the families of these precious young men and also for our Town.

We all knew the families; we know them from school, we know them from the PTA, we know the grandparents who live in the same neighborhood and we keep all of them in our prayers and thoughts and we also thank God for the volunteers who serve us at times like this.

Life is precious. Wires, trees, roads can be repaired and our inconvenience because of the normal problems we face in this type of storm is not at all important in the scheme of things.

I wish I were there with you but it has been impossible to find a way back to New York. I have been talking to Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein and OEM Chairman Kurt Guldan regularly who along with all of our volunteers are doing an excellent job in a very difficult situation.

Please be careful.