LAFD rescues tree trimmer trapped by palm fronds in Sherman Oaks

Los Angeles firefighters rescued a tree trimmer Saturday who was trapped by palm fronds while working on a tree in Sherman Oaks.

The man, who was wearing tree-trimming gear, including heavy-duty boots — with a chain-saw tethered to his body — was conscious and alert when he was freed from the palm fronds Saturday morning on the 4400 block of Matilija Avenue, just north of Moorpark Street.

A member of the LAFD’s Urban Search and Rescue Team cuts the palm fronds that are pinning a man to a tree 45 feet in the air on Saturday, June 5, 2021, on the the 4400 block of Matilija Avenue in Sherman Oaks. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)
A member of the LAFD’s Urban Search and Rescue Team talks to a tree trimmer stuck in palm fronds about 45 feet in the air on Saturday, June 5, 2021, on the the 4400 block of Matilija Avenue in Sherman Oaks. The firefighter is making sure the tree trimmer knows what he’s about to do, which is to cut away the palm fronds trapping the man in the tree. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

Firefighters cut away the palm fronds and brought the man down from the 45-foot-tall tree using a rope system, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The man was conscious and alert, Humphrey said. He was hospitalized with an undetermined injury.

A firefighter from the LAFD’s Urban Search and Rescue Team cuts away the palm fronds trapping a tree trimmer 45 feet above the ground Saturday, June 5, 2021, on the 4400 block of Matilija Avenue in Sherman Oaks. The man stuck in the tree was taken to a local hospital. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

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