Twelve-Year-Old Haverhill Accident Victim Dies; Family Calls Him a ‘Hero’

His parents call him a “hero” and it’s a feeling shared by his teachers who came to visit him at a Boston hospital after he was struck by a car a week ago Friday. Twelve-year-old Nathan De Leon, the oldest of three children of Judy and Jeremy De Leon, died Thursday at a Boston hospital. “Today God called Nathan’s name and brought him to heaven to be amongst the greatest that has ever lived! Nathan fought hard but he unfortunately had significant brain trauma that he wasn’t able to survive,” his parents said on a fundraising page that family and friends hoped would help pay for his recovery rather than funeral expenses. As WHAV reported after the accident, De Leon was flown to a Boston’s Tufts Medical Center after suffering what police called “serious” injuries outside his home on Bradford’s Farrwood Drive.

This Week’s Radio Drama

Saturday, Aug. 24
Gunsmoke: “Gone Straight,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Touchup Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense: “Rain Tonight,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Lost Race,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Grace Vies for Gildy’s Attention, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: New Girl in Town, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Meeting the English Neighbor, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31

Gunsmoke: “Jesse,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Morning After Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Update: No Haverhill School Website Outage As City Hall Work is Delayed

Update: Mayor James J. Fiorentini says he has postponed planned City Hall electrical work for a week. Earlier Version: Parents making last minute checks before school starts are advised the Haverhill School Department may be down Saturday morning while electrical work is undertaken in City Hall. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta says any website interruptions would take place between 7 a.m. and no later than noon. The school website is at http://www.haverhill-ps.org/. The website for other city departments is not expected to be affected as the city uses a remote server.

Today’s Obituaries—Aug. 23: Medley

Clinton Medley, 69, of Haverhill, died Saturday, Aug. 17 at Boston Medical Center. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he worked for many years as a regional construction manager and federal certifications construction supervisor, specifically with lead and asbestos. Visiting hours are Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main St., Haverhill, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m..

Fentanyl Presence Growing as Opioid Deaths Decline Slightly

While opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined for the second year in a row, prevalence of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl has continued to climb to the point where it is now present in almost every death that’s screened for drugs. According to the State House News Service, the latest Massachusetts overdose data, released Wednesday, showed fentanyl was present in 92 percent of opioid deaths where a toxicology screen occurred in the first quarter of 2019, up from 89 percent in 2018. The new statistics landed White House officials highlighted their efforts to go after fentanyl traffickers. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel highlighted the data at a Public Health Council meeting, where she said “too many people” are still dying from opioid overdoses, but that there are “signs of progress” in fighting the epidemic. There were 938 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths—or more than five a day—in the first half of 2019, a figure the Department of Public Health said represents a decline of more than 10 percent from the 1,050 deaths logged in the first half of 2018.

Today’s Obituaries—Aug. 21: Campana, Poore

Audrey (Ronan) Campana, 89, a resident of Haverhill for most of her life, died Aug. 18 at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, one month shy of her 90th birthday. She worked in the Haverhill treasurer’s office, at Haverhill High School and for the U.S. Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base in Lexington, among other positions. Following her retirement, Campana worked in the bakery at the Ingaldsby Farm in West Boxford. A life celebration is planned for Thursday, Aug.

Today’s Obituaries- Aug. 20: Scafidi, Tatarow

Amy Joy Scafidi, 33, died Aug. 15. Born in Haverhill, Scafidi attended Haverhill schools, graduating from Haverhill High School in 2004. A writer, she started her own publishing company, Wellington Square Media. A memorial service takes place Sunday, Nov.