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Pearl River Man Killed By Tree; Family Injured

Sandy brings tree through residential home, placing several in hospital.

A tree crashed through a Pearl River home Monday night, at the height of Sandy, killing a man and injuring his family, authorities have told Patch.

The incident occurred on Robin Street at about 6 p.m., according to Rockland Paramedic Services. A tree came through the roof and into a second-floor family room.

The father—a 51-year-old man—is dead, authorities said. His wife and three teenage children are currently being treated at Nyack Hospital.

The victim is Jeffrey Chanin, according to police.

Raymond Florida, director of Rockland Paramedics, said the weather is so bad that ambulances are off the streets—and only hitting the roads if emergency calls come in.

"We're operating off generators now," he said. "We have massive power outages."

Rockland authorities have seen no other cases so far of trees seriously damaging property, or injuring residents, Florida said.

Dave H November 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
My heart goes out to the Chanin family i cannot imagine what they are going through, my prayers are with them.. We should take a look around us and be greatful for what we have, and we should also realize that there are very serious issues in today's world, far more important then how Andy Stewart worded his comment, who the hell cares. Prayers to the family, thats it, no more complaining about a politician who you may not completely agree with
Dzeldaz November 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I have no idea who Mr. Stewart is, so I have no political thoughts about him. I do know that one in public office must present their thoughts in a way that truly conveys what is meant. As to who cares - I do. Words are extremely important, and once spoken or written, may not be taken back. Perhaps if more people cared about their words, there would be fewer problems in our world. Your assumption of political involvement as opposed to wanting the true measure of this tragedy conveyed, says much. There is nothing more precious than life. I wish the Chanin family full recovery and comfort in their memories of Jeffrey Chanin.
Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor November 05, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Dzeldaz said it best, "There is nothing more precious than life. I wish the Chanin family full recovery and comfort in their memories of Jeffrey Chanin."
Dzeldaz November 05, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Thank you, Mr. Stewart. May we all keep Jeffery Chanin's memory alive.
robert ball November 08, 2012 at 01:25 AM
jeff was one of the most caring, hard working people i have had the pleasure of working for. he was a bautiful person. my prayers are with his family.

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