Huntsville Fire & Rescue saves man stuck in tree

Huntsville Utilities cut power to the area during the rescue.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 12:22 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 6:04 PM

Huntsville Fire and Rescue worked a high-angle rescue Monday morning to save a man stuck in a tree.

Capt. Frank McKenzie, Huntsville Fire spokesman, said the man was in a tree in the 3,100 block of Joppa Circle.

The man, a tree trimmer, was up about 30 feet when a branch he cut pinned his leg and foot, not allowing him to move.

The call came in about 11:21 a.m., and he was rescued in about 20 minutes, McKenzie said. Huntsville Utilities cut power to the area during the rescue.

"We were actually able to get to him with the ladder once the power was cut, put him in the bucket, and he was transferred to Huntsville Hospital as a priority three patient," McKenzie said.

The tree trimmer is expected to make a full recovery and is being treated for a leg injury. A man who works with the victim tells WAAY 31 his chainsaw was still running when it happened.

"He cut the log too big and when it came down, it hit his leg and it locked into him and he was able to wiggle it out," he said.

A witness said the man cut himself with a chainsaw earlier in the day, but still worked. He knew it was serious when the incident in the tree happened.

"He cut himself twice on the chainsaw, but he didn't finish the job because he was too hurt. That's how you know he was really hurt," he said.

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