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Tree trimmer falls to death in Pasadena tree

February 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Pasadena firefighters say a tree trimmer has fallen to his death while working in a palm tree. Fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian says the man fell about 20 feet Saturday morning and was hanging unconscious in a tangle of palm fronds half way up the tree when rescue crews arrived.

A gardener working at the house says the tree trimmer was cutting a bunch of fronds when the palm's crown fell on him.

Gardener Jose Martinez says the trimmer shouted as he fell but then went silent.

Firefighters determined the man was dead and covered him with a sheet as they worked to cut him free from a chain that tethered him to the tree.

It took firefighters using a ladder truck about two hours to lower him to the ground.

He was identified as Artmenio Hernandez of Los Angeles.