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Man Killed While Trimming Palm Tree In Glendora
CBS) ^ | June 9, 2012 7:52 PM

Posted on 06/10/2012 6:51:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin

A man was killed Saturday while trimming a palm tree in Glendora, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to a 4:47 p.m. report of a distressed tree-trimmer on West Bennet Avenue near Grand Avenue, county fire department spokesman Mark Savage said.

Upon arriving at the scene, emergency crews were forced to use infrared technology to locate the man in the dense leaves and branches of the tree, Savage said.

“He was calling out for help and someone called us,” Savage said.

“When we got to the scene he was not visible and was hidden in all the palm tree fronds.”

When firefighters were able to reach the man 40 to 50 feet up in the tree, they found him dead. A witness believed the man died of apparent suffocation from an equipment strap, but the official cause of death is pending tests.

Amanda Burden, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to the victim’s stunned family and friends Saturday evening.

He identified the dead man as 35-year-old Roberto Garcia.

Jesus Rochin was the victim’s co-worker and friend. “He was up there and I heard him yell, ‘Help’ and ‘Call an ambulance.’”

Sgt. Matt Williams said, “It appears that the weight of the heavy palm fronds, all landing on his chest, caused him to suffocate and hard to breathe.”

Burden said the brush was so heavy it took thermal imaging equipment to find Garcia.


TOPICS: Gardening; Local News
KEYWORDS: california; glendora; holdmuhbeer; losangeles

1 posted on 06/10/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

If Obama had a tree trimmer, he’d look like Roberto.


2 posted on 06/10/2012 7:01:15 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: BenLurkin
but the official cause of death is pending tests.

That does it. No more pending tests for me.

3 posted on 06/10/2012 7:18:26 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

We need to get these dangerous trees out of peoples yards. You know to save the tree trimmers. Outlaw them ASAP.


4 posted on 06/10/2012 7:26:56 AM PDT by jimpick
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To: Maceman

I’m still trying to get over the reporter’s use of “brush” where “foliage” would have been the correct word.


5 posted on 06/10/2012 7:26:56 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Trees kill. We must cut them all down. Apologies to Rush (the band, not Limbaugh).


6 posted on 06/10/2012 8:00:41 AM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: goseminoles

Obama IS a trimmer, and a liar to boot.


7 posted on 06/10/2012 8:20:02 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: jimpick

No need to outlaw the trees. Just outlaw the fronds. The fronds is to blame.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 8:21:22 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: jimpick

Actually, it’s the heavy fronds what done him in. Outlaw all heavy palm fronds. Sorta like heavy flushing toilets. Mandate that only light palm fronds are permitted on people’s palm trees.


9 posted on 06/10/2012 8:22:51 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: BenLurkin

While this type of accident is not necessarily common, it happens regularly in the southwest where palm trees grow abundantly and need regular trimming. The trimmer usually climbs the tree with “spikes” on their shoes/boots with a chain saw in hand. If the trimmed skirt of old palm fronds being trimmed off comes loose, it can crush the worker. Sometimes it is a helper on the ground who is buried. These shirts can weigh as much as 1,000-2,000 pounds. They will crush a man easily. I know of three instances of this happening in the Phoenix metropolitan area alone in the last few years where the trimmers were killed. Palm tree trimming, without using the proper equipment, is a very dangerous job.


10 posted on 06/10/2012 8:29:59 AM PDT by HotHunt
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To: BenLurkin
I’m still trying to get over the reporter’s use of “brush” where “foliage” would have been the correct word.

Its really quite simple.

Foliage doesn't sound or look like any other word.

Brush on the other hand looks like Bush.

So the trimmer dieing is all BUSH'S fault.

11 posted on 06/10/2012 8:38:20 AM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Maceman

Yes, once again, brilliant journalism on parade. Apparently, they just type in a few words between bong hits.

How about this gem:

...heavy palm fronds, all landing on his chest, caused him to suffocate and hard to breathe.”


12 posted on 06/10/2012 8:50:41 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: HotHunt

For a while some punks found it fun to set the dead fronds hanging down on fire.


13 posted on 06/10/2012 9:04:07 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: HotHunt

For a while some punks found it fun to set the dead fronds hanging down on fire.


14 posted on 06/10/2012 9:04:07 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: BenLurkin; mickie
Even his nearby friend Jesus couldn't save him.

Leni

15 posted on 06/10/2012 9:07:35 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: BenLurkin
I’m still trying to get over the reporter’s use of “brush” where “foliage” would have been the correct word.

Actually brush is correct, arborists refer to all material removed from the tree as brush. As in drag the brush to the chipper.

The fire department spokesman made the more glaring error as far as I am concerned. Palms do *not* have branches.

16 posted on 06/10/2012 9:16:00 AM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: HotHunt

This is not pointed at your comment...in no way.

In Panama, no one cares. A palm frond dries up and falls to the ground is a natural act of nature. Just don’t park a car under a dead palm frond ready to fall.

When it hits the ground, the garbage folks take care of the rest...Period...and no one dies.


17 posted on 06/10/2012 10:04:44 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: HotHunt

P.S.

This is not the government’s problem. It is the responsibility of the person to use good judgment.

But then, we are not a nation of lawsuits. Good judgment still reigns.


18 posted on 06/10/2012 10:17:19 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: BenLurkin

If he was doing it for profit, I’d bet he was unlicenced. Just wait until his family and pals get a lawyer to sue for everything off whoever hired him.


19 posted on 06/10/2012 10:37:32 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: BenLurkin

Prayers up for his soul.


20 posted on 06/10/2012 10:42:00 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Maceman
Pending Tests don't kill people. Palm fronds kill people.

(This has been a public service announcement by the National Pending Tests Association)

21 posted on 06/10/2012 11:23:21 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Houghton M.; mikrofon; martin_fierro

With fronds like these, who needs enemies?


22 posted on 06/10/2012 11:40:15 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Yes, I have sympathy. This is just some black humor from afar.)
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To: Charles Henrickson; Houghton M.; martin_fierro

Thus, when trimming palm trees, the adage- “Leave La Fronds!”


23 posted on 06/10/2012 12:17:16 PM PDT by mikrofon (Prayers Up)
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To: BenLurkin; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon
Man Killed While Trimming Palm Tree In Glendora

He died while stalking.

24 posted on 06/10/2012 1:23:19 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Ich bin ein treetrimmer)
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