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Assistance sought for accident victim

Updated 1:23 pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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A call for help has gone out for the family of Scott Ackermann, a Hurricane Sandy victim who was recently injured in a work accident in New Milford.

Mr. Ackermann lost eight fingers Feb. 19 in an on-the-job accident at New Milford Block & Supply.

He has undergone three surgeries at Danbury Hospital since the accident, the last a skin graft conducted Sunday.

Mr. Ackermann was reported in fair condition Monday by a hospital spokesman.

He and his wife, Kelly, who had lived on Staten Island, N.Y., had moved into a mobile home on the Faith Church property in New Milford in mid-January.

The mobile home was one of 15 supplied by The Tower to Tunnel Foundation of Staten Island for Hurricane Sandy victims.

A fund has been established through the foundation to provide immediate financial assistance to Mr. Ackermann, his wife and mother, who recently joined the couple in New Milford.

John Hodge, New Fairfield first selectman and board member of The Tower to Tunnel Foundation, said Monday the foundation is also researching possible bionic, prosthetic hands for Mr. Ackermann.

Mr. Ackermann was left with just his two thumbs from the accident.

"These are devastating injuries," Mr. Hodge said. "Tunnel to Tower's primary mission is providing assistance to veterans who are double and triple amputees. We have sources for state-of-the-art prosthetics and are seeing what can be found."

Donations to help the Ackermann family can be made by going to www.tunneltotower.org; click on "Hurricane Sandy Relief," and scroll down to and click on "Scott Ackermann."

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