By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN
NORTHFIELD — Community members have rallied together in memory of Tom Wooten, 56, who passed away last week during a work accident at the town highway garage.
Wooten had spent the past three years working for the Northfield Highway Department and was highly regarded by his co-workers. What started out as a normal day at work took a turn for the worst, resulting in Wooten being pinned between a truck and a loader on the highway garage site. Wooten was rushed to the hospital, and although great efforts were made to help him survive, he died due to his injuries.
Since his death, members of the Northfield community have taken many routes to help honor Wooten's contributions to the community, as well as raise funds to support his mourning family.
Tuesday night, selectmen began the process of creating a memorial in Wooten's name. Town Administrator Glenn Smith said this initial meeting was a chance to put ideas out on the table for how to best honor Wooten; however, it will be at least few weeks before the final idea is decided.
"The board is continuing the conversation so that it also includes talking to his co-workers, so we can collectively decide what the best way to honor him properly is," said Smith. Some of the ideas suggested thus far include a plaque or naming something in his memory.
In addition to the town's memorial contribution, local community members can actively support Wooten's family by donating to the GoFundMe account created in his memory by Police Department Administrative Assistant/Dispatcher Christine Murray, of Tilton. The account can be found at www.gofundme.com/2fv36rz6. Efforts from the fundraising hope to donate $5,000 to the family, with $3,050 already raised over the first five days. Donations on GoFundMe can be made using a debit or credit card account. Cash or check donations are also presently being accepted, and can be dropped off or mailed to 138 Park St., Northfield, NH 03276, with checks made to the Northfield Police Association, with notation The Wooten Family.
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