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Portsmouth first responders save young boy stuck between heavy stones

Rescue crews safely freed a two-year-old boy from this stone Friday afternoon in Portsmouth. (Portsmouth Police Department)

PORTSMOUTH (WGME) -- A two-year-old boy stuck underneath a stone weighing several hundred pounds was saved Friday afternoon by police and firefighters in Portsmouth.

The dramatic rescue was aided by a Portsmouth Police officer, a former professional stone mason who identified the need to act quickly while preventing the boy from suffering further injuries.

After 5:30 p.m. Friday, police and firefighters responded to 325 Little harbor Road after a young boy became trapped when the rock pile he was playing on shifted, trapping him between two slabs of stone. The stone he was standing on came to rest on his head. He was playing with his grandfather, police said.

One of the first police officers on the scene was Officer T.J. Porter, a former professional stone mason who determined not only did rescue crews needed to move quickly but other stones had to be moved or stabilized first before the one on the boy's head could be removed.

The stones are estimated to weigh several hundred pounds each, stored for a planned foundation of a seawall currently under construction.

Rescue crews were able to move the stones and safely pull the boy free in nine minutes. Crews commended the boy's family for keeping him calm during the rescue.

The boy was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment of serious but what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

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