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July 4, 2014

Bradford teen comes to the rescue

Stops riding lawn mower from rolling onto his grandfather

HAVERHILL — To 14-year-old John Rose, it’s all a blur.

He said he has no idea how he was able to run across his backyard and stop a lawn tractor from landing on his grandfather, after the machine tipped over on a hill.

John Rose, a recent graduate of Hunking Middle School, said it happened so fast that he can’t remember the details. All he knows is that when the tractor tipped over and began to tumble down the hill, he ran barefoot as fast as he could and managed to thrust his shoulder against the machine to keep it from landing on top of his grandfather Bill McGrath, who luckily escaped with just a few scrapes and bruises.

It was a different story for the brave teen.

“When I looked down, I had a big cut on my foot,” John said. “I couldn’t move my index finger on my right hand and, when I went to the hospital, I found out I’d fractured a bone behind my knuckle. They had to put me in a whole hand cast that goes up my forearm.”

The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. on June 30 when McGrath, 61, was mowing his lawn with his new tractor. John, who lives with McGrath and his wife, Peggy, who is John’s grandmother, at their Bradford home, was sitting at a patio table with his cousin. They were watching McGrath ride around on his new tractor.

McGrath said he decided to mow the grass on a small hill with the tractor instead of with the push mower he normally uses on the hill.

“That part of the hill is all dirt and rocks, and I was trying to get to the top instead of using the hand mower,” McGrath said. “I got stuck in a rut, started spinning my tires and shut my blades off.”

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