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Hampstead man, a former Baltimore County detective, dies after being struck by tree limb, officials say

A 65-year-old Hampstead resident, a former Baltimore County police officer, died after a tree limb fell on him when he was helping his son with yardwork in Manchester on Saturday, according to police and fire officials.

Manchester Police Chief John Hess identified the victim Wednesday as Kenneth Lynch Jr.

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Det. Robert Reason of the Baltimore County Police Department said Lynch served with the department from 1973 to 2000, serving on patrol and conducting criminal investigations.

Police and firefighters from Manchester and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3300 block of York St. at about 6:30 p.m., said Tim Schaeffer, public information officer for the Manchester fire department. The man became trapped under a tree limb while he was trimming trees with his son, Schaeffer said.

“They were trimming the tree and the limb came down,” he said.

Firefighters cut the limb with saws so they could remove it, according to Schaeffer. The man was unconscious and had a large cut on his head, Hess said. A Maryland State Police helicopter flew the victim to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at about 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Hess and Schaeffer.


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