Man killed by tree limb at Harmon Field

Published 12:50 pm Monday, June 30, 2008

A tree limb fell last Friday at Harmon Field killing a Tryon man who was there walking his dog Herman Edward Hawkins, Jr., 44, of Doubleday Road, Tryon was killed instantly, according to police reports. The incident occurred during a wind storm around 6:15 p.m. when Hawkins was walking his dog, Kona, at the park. Hawkins and Kona were found in the middle of the bridge near the open air gym that crosses the river to the maintenance building. A couple also walking at Harmon Field at the time, Gordy and Denise Cwik found Hawkins. The Cwiks said they were taking their daily walk when the weather began shifting and a big gust of wind swept through. They heard a crack and then noticed a big limb lying over the bridge. When they approached, they realized the limb had killed a man and injured his dog. Kona was taken to Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital in Columbus and is expected to recover. A fund to help pay for the dog&squo;s medical bills is being established. The branch was reported to be a live branch from a locust tree. The branch was approximately five inches in diameter. The Tryon Police Department, Tryon Fire Department and the Polk County Emergency Services responded to the scene Friday. Hawkins, originally from Hendersonville, moved to Tryon in 2005 and was in the antiques and collectibles business. &bsp;

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