Fresno firefighters rescue tree trimmer trapped in palm tree


A tree worker is recovering tonight after he was trapped up in a palm tree Wednesday morning. 

Fresno firefighters responded to the area of Belmont and Fowler just after 9:00 a.m. of a man who was trapped from a tree. 

Fire crews coming to the rescue of the worker, they worked for more than 15 minutes to free the man. 

“There was both fronds on top of him and below him. He slid down on them,” Fresno Fire Captain Lupe Fernandez said. 

Fire crews giving the man an oxygen mask as they continued to rip out the fronds around the worker. 

Firefighters using their ladder truck to get to the man, his harness, keeping him from falling. Crews using their hands and strength to free the man. 

“We ended up using our hands. One by one pulling it out because of the danger and the exposure he was buried so far in there we couldn’t see his safety rope which we knew was holding him in some degree,” Fernandez said. 

Fire crews wanted to clear the debris and didn’t cut the rope because it was holding the worker. 

Fernandez said prunning a palm tree is extremely dangerous and the fronds hold a lot of weight. 

The worker was hired by a person living in the neighborhood to prune the tree. 

He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover. 

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