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Good Samaritan helps rescue a man from a palm tree in Delano

Posted: 8:09 PM, Aug 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-15 03:09:19Z
Good Samaritan helps rescue man from a palm tree
Good Samaritan helps rescue man from a palm tree

A Good Samaritan helped rescue a man this morning in Delano after a tree trimmer found himself stuck in a palm tree.

According to Kern County Firefighters, the man was trimming the tree when his climbing gear failed and he was left hanged onto the tree 40 feet above ground. 

When the first fire engine arrived on scene, they were able to report that the trimmer was not injured, but exhausted from clinging to the tree. The ladders were not and to reach far enough to perform a rescue operation, KCFD said.

According to KCFD, a ladder truck from Kern County Fire Station 65 in Bakersfield, an Urban Search and Rescue unit (USAR) from KCFD Station 52 in Greenfield, and a ladder truck from Tulare County Fire Department were responding to scene but were still approximately 20 minutes away. 

As this was going on, a man heard about the situation and happened to be towing a boom lift. He showed up to the scene and offered to help. 

A firefighter was then able to be raised to the tree trimmer and within four minutes was able to safely free the man from the tree. 

According to KCFD, the man was uninjured and refused treatment/transport by an ambulance.