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Injured worker rescued in tall tree

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman A man is rescued from a tree on Thursday morning in Lawrenceville.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman A man is rescued from a tree on Thursday morning in Lawrenceville.

LAWRENCEVILLE — It was a tall order for rescue technicians to save a worker injured atop a high tree Thursday, but the stranded man was brought to safety after more than two hours.

The unidentified worker was injured by a limb while in a tree behind a home in the 1600 block of Park Hollow Lane in Lawrenceville. Rescuers arrived about 9:15 a.m. to find him more than 50 feet above ground, secured to the tree by scaling equipment.

“The tree was so far in the back of the house, it was more difficult than simply putting up a ladder and bringing down the patient,” said Fire Department spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden said. “The worker seemed to be somewhat disoriented and become more alert as time went on.”

Members of a technical rescue team first had to secure and remove the large limb the man had been working on. Then they secured and put a helmet on the man, and lowered him with safety lines as part of what’s called a “high-angle rescue,” Rhoden said.

The severity of the man’s injuries was unclear Thursday morning. He was conscious and alert en route to the hospital at 11:20 a.m., Rhoden said.

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A worker is lowered to the ground as rescue crews come to his aid on Thursday.

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The firefighter that assisted in the rescue is seen at the top of the tree after the man was brought down on Thursday morning in Lawrenceville.

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The rescued man is carried away on a stretcher and brought to the hospital.

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TOWG 1 year, 6 months ago

God bless Gwinnett firefighters! They are the best!

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