Officer Rescues Two Toddlers at Carnival

A quick acting Chelsea Police officer is credited with rescuing two toddlers that were pinned and being dragged in an amusement ride on Sunday evening.

Officer Paul McCarthy was working a paid detail and monitoring the carnival grounds when he was alerted by loud yelling and screaming from a carousel type ride identified as the “Hampton Combo”.

The officer observed a young child being dragged into the rear wheelwell of the moving ride and a second young child attempting to pull the first child off of the moving carousel. The second child then also became pinned.

The operator of the ride immediately stopped the ride as Officer McCarthy raised the several hundred pound section of ride in the air to a sufficient height enabling the operator to pull both victims free.

The victims’ age two and six were both transported to Massachusetts General Hospital after the rescue. Both children sustained non-life threatening injuries to the ribs, legs and arms. The names of the children are not being released.

State Inspectors were summoned to the scene and are conducting an investigation of the incident.

Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by  calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 or  texting the word Chelsea and then their message to tip411 (847411) from their cell phone. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at

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