LA County Firefighters Rescue Trapped Tree Trimmer – video story

Firefighters in Cerritos rescued a tree trimmer who became trapped in a 60 foot palm tree. It happened in the 13000 block of Cerritos around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rescue crews used a ladder to get to the man who had become trapped by giant palm fronds and was losing consciousness. Inspector Matt Levesque of the county fire department says it took firefighters about an hour to rescue the worker. He was loaded onto a basket and carried down the ladder.

The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries. Firefighters say palm fronds are known for trapping and even killing tree trimmers.

“It’s hard to describe unless you actually see it. But the weight of the palm branches come down and they hold together like a ball, if you will, and they’re so heavy that they can crush them and/or suffocate them,” L.A. County Fire Battalion Chief Dean Douty told KTLA.

The man was actually rescued by a rookie firefighter who is set to be promoted to full firefighter on Friday.


Story and media by KTLA

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