Rescue teams locate 13-year-old boy missing at Fountain Pond State Park  

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By Thursday, May 11 Breaking News  13 Comments

Great Barrington — Police Chief William Walsh and Fire Chief Charles Burger are pleased to report that search and rescue teams successfully located a 13-year-old special needs child who went missing early this afternoon during a hike.

Rescuers responded at 12:15 p.m. to the Fountain Pond State Park, a 250-acre park bisected by US Route 7 for a report of a missing hiker. Upon arrival, officials were told that a 13-year-old boy became separated from his group during a hike and could not be located.

Firefighters began a search of approximately 3 miles of trails, but were unable to locate the boy.

Multiple jurisdictions were summoned to conduct a thorough search of the area, including:

  • Great Barrington Police and Fire Crews
  • Great Barrington Police K-9
  • K-9 units from Pittsfield and Williamstown
  • The Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and Mobile Communications Vehicle
  • The Massachusetts State Police Airwing, State Police Search and Emergency Response Team
  • Berkshire County Mountain Search and Rescue Team
  • Massachusetts Environmental Police
  • The Sheffield Fire Department
  • The Stockbridge Fire Department and Stockbridge Fire Boat

Crews deployed over a wide area. Thankfully, the boy was found shortly before 7 p.m. at the top of a ridge well of the trails. He was found unharmed and in good health. Rescuers reunited him with his parents.

More than 75 rescuers took part in the search.

“This was a tremendous team effort that involved dozens of rescuers from many of our neighboring and partner agencies. I am very pleased that so many resources could muster in a short time, resulting in the successful rescue of this young boy,” Chief Walsh said.

Added Chief Burger: “Mutual aid is a force multiplier that allows Berkshire County emergency services to greatly increase our effectiveness in times of need. The system showed its value today, and a child was reunited with his family.”


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  1. mary says:

    Probably shouldn’t take autistic kids on a group hike. So much money spent on that huge rescue effort.

    1. Annie Martin says:

      What a strange comment. What if it was a kid who wasn’t autistic? Maybe there should have been more adults on this trip. Your comment seems very narrow minded. Glad he was found safe.

      1. Deborah says:

        I agree with all those who are aghast by the ignorance and insensitivity of Mary’s comment. Money?? Really???? Is that all she can think of here ???? ~ These good people saved a life, lady!!! A life that has meaning, who is loved!!! Thank you to all the rescuers who found this young man.

    2. Keith Garton says:

      What a stupid comment!

    3. Pat Peebles says:

      Really??? He is autistic, also a human who deserves every right as a “normal” person!! For you to even say such a thing, makes me think you are a cruel, insensitive person!! People like you with your kind of thinking make me sick!!!

      1. Deborah says:

        Totally agree!

    4. Leslie says:

      You are a sociopathic moron.

    5. Pat Peebles says:

      Your worried about the money spent ? But no mention of the well being of the child!! Shameful !!

    6. suan says:

      Oh dear, you mean deprive them of their rights to enjoy the outdoors like the rest of us??

    7. DB says:

      Hey Mary snd Lola
      Why don’t you give us a list of who is deserving of the search and rescue teams’ effirts. We could post them at all trailheads. We just won’t waste your money on anyone you deem undeserving. Ok?

  2. lolacola says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with that comment. If you’re going to take a special needs child out on a hike then you put a little
    more effort in watching them.

    1. Pat Peebles says:

      You apparently have never had the wonderful & rewarding experience of working with & knowing a special needs child!!

  3. michele miller says:

    Oh dear….

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