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Community rallies for local teen who fell in Southwick quarry

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The Tommy Quinn Memorial Golf Tournament took place Sunday night in Feeding Hills. The proceeds from the golf tournament will go towards Antonio Bruno's recovery.

"It means a lot to me that people I don't know, people that are really close to me, people from all over are just reaching out and trying to help me and my family and just trying to do their best to help me and my family," said Antonio Bruno.

The 17-year- old fell 100 feet into a rock filled quarry in Southwick last month, shattering the bones in his face and body, suffering internal bleeding, and a significant brain injury.

His loved ones say its been a long road to recovery but they're not home just yet.

"It's going to be very long. It's months worth of more oral facial surgery. He shattered the bones in his face although I heard his face is what saved his life," said Nora Bruno, Antonio's mother. 

Antonio has undergone two months of intense recovery at a rehab facility. He's grateful for the outpouring of support from the community.

"I was getting a lot of cards and I had a handful of cards from people and they started off 'We don't know you and you probably don't know us but we just want to wish you the best' and that was really motivating and inspiring to push myself even more and more," Antonio said. 

Donna Pisano is is the sister of Tommy Quinn and one of the founders of the golf tournament in his memory. She says when she heard Antonio's story, she just wanted to be able to help.

"What better thing to do than help a child that needs it. Antonio's going to have to have multiple surgeries. He's got a very long road ahead of him and my brother would of been first in line to help him," said Pisano. 

Antonio's family is working on making his house handicap accessible so that he can move back home.

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