WINDHAM – From Windham to Concord, state residents were in mourning Monday following the death of a local girl.
The 3-year-old daughter of state Rep. Rick Okerman was pronounced dead early Monday morning after she was pulled Sunday afternoon from the swimming pool at the family’s Marblehead Road home.
The girl, identified as Ella Okerman by local media reports, was unconscious when emergency responders arrived on the scene about 4:30 p.m., according to Windham Fire Chief Thomas McPherson.
Firefighters quickly administered first aid and CPR, McPherson said. They transported the girl first to Parkland Medical Center in Derry and then to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, where the girl was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m.
Few details were available Monday regarding the incident.
The state Medical Examiner’s office has not yet released its report, but preliminary indications show the death to be accidental, according to Windham Police Capt. Michael Caron.
“Words cannot describe the unspeakable tragedy of losing one’s child and how it forever changes the parents who have been affected,” House Speaker William O’Brien said Monday in a written statement. “The House of Representatives will keep Rick and his family in our thoughts and prayers at this heartbreaking time for them.”
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