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Trevor’s tumble to be televised

by Susie Vasquez

Six-year-old Trevor Toomey, a Gardnerville Ranchos resident, will put Douglas County on the national radar Jan. 8, when he’s featured on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Always a daredevil, Trevor was caught on film, tumbling down a hill on his tricycle at grandad John Flaherty’s Topaz Lake home.

Trevor was a little shook up after the crash, but he was uninjured and the mishap it hasn’t slowed him down a bit, Flaherty said.

He jumped right back into the game following the soon-to-be-famous crash.

“He was riding down a sled run I made for the kids on my wife’s birthday. I heard him on the other side of the fence. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Flaherty said. “It looks a lot worse than it was.”

Flaherty submitted the film to the program more than a year ago. He filled out and mailed the required paperwork, but heard nothing from officials for some time.

“Then they called out of the blue about three weeks ago,” Flaherty said.

Each week, $15,000 in prize money is awarded on the program: $10,000 for the clip the studio audience chooses as its favorite, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

First place winners compete in the annual $100,000 grand-prize competition.

Since the family hasn’t been invited to the program, it’s a pretty safe bet Trevor didn’t make the cut this time, but Grandpa isn’t about to give up.

“We’ll just have to wait and see – next time,” Flaherty said.

Trevor was in Southern California and unavailable for comment before deadline.

A Scarselli Elementary School first-grader, he is the son of Rae-Lynn and Scott Toomey. He has a 10-year-old brother, Zach. He loves bikes, has his own quad and motorcycle and will most likely compete in motocross as soon as he’s old enough, Flaherty said.

n Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 211.