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UPDATED: Man Killed In Tree Trimming Accident

The man died under 20 feet of dry palm fronds , LA County Fire reports.

UPDATED, June 10, 12:53 p.m.: Officials at the LA County Coroner's Office have identified the tree trimmer as Roberto Garcia, 35, of Glendora.

Officials have still not yet determined what exactly killed the worker who was trimming a 50-foot palm tree, although Glendora Police said a large section of dead palm fronds may have fallen and wedged Garcia between the tree and his climbing equipment.

UPDATED, June 10, 12:05 a.m.: The man killed during an accident while tree trimming was reportedly a Glendora resident, according to Lieutenant Jamie Caldwell in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article. The man may also have been suffocated when palm fronds fell and lodged between him and the tree.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: It is still undetermined how a tree trimmer met a terrible death 50 feet up in a palm tree in Glendora, Saturday afternoon.

The 35-year-old tree trimmer reportedly succumbed while firefighters were trying to reach him, said John Lenihan, battalion chief with Los Angeles County Fire.

"This palm tree is away from the street, so our ladder access is challenged. We were able to put one of our aerial apparatus into the yard close enough to get to the tree," Lenihan said.

The firefighters could not see the man upon arrival and had to use thermal imaging devices to locate a heat source. About 20 feet of the 50-foot tree was dry, dead palm fronds.

The man's coworkers called LA County Fire, stating the man was asking for help and that he was having trouble breathing.

Cal/OSHA and the LA County Corner's Office are on scene to investigate exactly what happened, which was not known to officials at the time of publication.

"It looks like he might have been pinned between the palm frond and the tree," said Sergeant Matt Williams of

PREVIOUSLY: A man was killed during a tree trimming accident in Glendora Saturday afternoon, LA County Fire is reporting.

The accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. behind 231 W. Bennett Ave.

A man, part of a five-person tree trimming crew, was trimming a palm tree when somehow, the man was killed under the thick dead vegetation of the tree, an LA County Fire official said.

By the time response units found the man, the victim was already dead.

There is no information yet on the identity of the victim.

Glendora Police will begin a press conference to discuss the incident later today.

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

t.nice June 12, 2012 at 06:37 AM
what part of too slow dont u understand?? the firefighters were too sloww.
lisa s. June 12, 2012 at 08:09 AM
lisa s. first f all my condolences 2 d only woman in his life who really deserves respect that no one has thought about his MOTHER.... regardless f what he did with his personal life d only thing we should be commenting 2 his family is positive thoughts n prayers not trashing his memory by bringing out dirty laundry that only he knew, we should pray 4 his soul 2 be at peace.... pray 2 god that he gives his family peace n their hearts to be able 2 cope with their loss specially his mom,no one has thought about how she must feel right now that she has lost a part f her please stop all this bickering n unite yourself as family these r d moments when u should be there 4 each other regardless f what happend n d past remorse is d worse thing that could happen 2 u love ur family now before u never have d chance 2 say I love u again.....
Brandon June 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Hi, my name is Brandon. Although I did not know Roberto, I'm sure he wouldn't enjoy reading this article and the comments that have been left. I would ask nicely that you not post "personal" information on here. Thanks. And as for his family and friends, I'm really sorry for your loss. His death was very unfortunate and I can only imagine the pain you are all facing. My aunt and I watched the video and my aunt had to hold herself back from crying. She knew him personally and is actually heading to California (we live in Utah) for the funeral. I don't know how to further express my feelings but I wish you all the best. And don't forget, "Sadness flies away on the wings of time." -Jean de la Fontaine
B.C. June 12, 2012 at 02:01 PM
And where is that helicopter gonna come from brainiac??? You think they have one over at the police station here in town? It took county fire helicopters 20 minutes to get to the 210 fwy brush fire a couple of weeks ago. Add in the 200 mph down force winds in your scenario and a hell of lot more people die. Your unreasonable expectations and lack of knowledge of fire rescue just makes it easy for you to point a finger at someone other than the person whose fault it was.
Eljay June 12, 2012 at 03:31 PM
T.nice.... this is what Google translate produces: "I am a neighbor and i was watching from the insidente comienso of my comment personally, very slow They were exposed firefighters alos I criticize firefighters took too mainly know how they should measure the rescue and put stairs imediate action if the gardener climbed wing ladder as palm without any assumption (firefighter) with special equipment so they could not let him die, for Hispanic,,, what percent lot and I share your pain but firefighters were very slow,,,, and I have no words for the family , what percent, and god bless and Reciva in the sky." Due to spelling, grammatical/punctuation & inherent problems with automated translators, it doesn't make a lot of sense. Those comments were posted BEFORE I posted an edited version of her comments (and it was an "attempted" translation because I'm not fluent in Spanish). So, please stop criticizing and post something nice. Also, firefighters and rescue personnel do NOT rush into dangerous and deadly situations like they do in the movies. Doing so not only puts the rescue in jeopardy, but risks their own life & limb. The last thing we need is for the rescuers to be hurt and killed because they didn't take the care and caution to proceed into a dangerous situation.

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