Police have identified the man who died after he was "partially pulled into a woodchipper” on a farm in Stonington on Thursday afternoon.
Emergency dispatch received a 911 call about a severe injury involving a woodchipper on Ogden Farm on South Anguila Road around 3 p.m.
Upon arrival, authorities located 72-year-old Nicholas M. Reardon inside a woodchipper and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
The medical examiner's office confirmed on Friday that Reardon's death was accidental.
"I am still in shock. Still don't believe this happened,” His daughter Sarah Nielsen told Eyewitness News. “He is a professional and has been in this business for many, many years."
Reardon is the owner of Landscape Unlimited in Stonington and is a known commercial tree service technician. Neighbors said he was a popular man in southeast Connecticut.
Mechanic John Bodnar said Reardon was “very hard worker,” and “nice guy.” He added that Reardon was “just a regular salt of the earth type person.”
Reardon was the artist and recently showed off his work at the Stonington Bank. His specialty is classic racing cars.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that the machine was running all day long. Police added it is believed that Reardon was working alone.
The medical examiner's autopsy said sharp force injuries caused his death and ruled it accidental.
Public works foreman Joe Curioso worked plenty of tree cleanup jobs in town with Reardon. He showed Eyewitness News a similar chipping machine and warned residents to be careful when working with the machine.
Curioso called Reardon “a hard worker indeed and just an all-around nice guy."
Many other people told Eyewitness News that they knew Reardon or his truck by sight in town and were saddened by his death.
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