DON"T EVER, Ever do this !!! Orange official: 4-year-old in East Orange injured in lawnmower accident By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel 10:16 p.m. EDT, May 24, 2010 A 4-year-old was seriously injured in a lawn mower accident in east Orange County late Monday afternoon. The child was riding with someone else on the lawnmower and then fell, according to Lt. Anthony Rios with Orange County Fire Rescue. The child suffered a "near amputation" and wounds to the face. Rios was not sure if the child was a boy or a girl, but the victim was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The accident was reported a little after 5:30 p.m. Monday. It occurred in far east Orange County. Rios did not have other details about the accident late Monday. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Orange County here is Orlando, FL. I wanted to post this as a warning because LCO's can be the most guilty in doing this with their kids. "Yeah, let's show junior what we do. It'll be fun. We're confident in our operating ability, since we spend hours on this machine weekly. Nothing will happen. Hell, we know better than those homeowners. And the kids are always begging you to take them for a ride. It won't happen to me." Wife says, "Okay, just for a little, slow one and be EXTRA careful". So you do. Your child is all excited and you want to make them happy and you're proud to show them what you do. After all, you're a pro. You can handle it, you tell yourself. Don't you ever be tempted. Don't do it! NOT EVER! It's not worth the risk!!!It's just then, something occurs and the worst happens. How will you live with yourself ? And it only gets worse... I was a Paramedic in Jacksonville and had to run on one of these calls. Man was brushcutting alongside the roadway. The wife brought out lunch and something to drink along with the 2 kids. Something similar to the above dialog occurs and the 4y/o is on the machine with Dad. Happened so fast, he didn't have time to react. The whole family was there to see it. Well seasoned, EMS & Police personnel were throwing up and crying at the scene, people screaming everywhere, it was a total mess... we talked about it for the longest time. Many of us never got over it. You can surely bet, when EVERYONE went home that night, they hugged their wife/husband and all the kids extra, extra tight. That's a memory I wished I never had.