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Autopsy scheduled for tree trimmer killed in Glendora

June 10, 2012 |  9:11 am

An autopsy has been scheduled for the 35-year-old tree trimmer who was killed after getting tangled in a palm tree Saturday.

The man, identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as Robert Garcia, of Glendora, was pronounced dead on West Bennet Avenue near Grand Avenue on Saturday evening.

Firefighters were called to the area just before 5 p.m. on a report of a tree trimmer in distress, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Steve Lopez.

Crews could not see or hear Garcia because he was hidden among the fronds about 30 feet up the tree, Lopez said, and were forced to use a thermal imaging device to find the man. When they reached him, Garcia was unconscious and without a pulse but showed no obvious signs of trauma.

Coroner's officials said the autopsy would likely occur Monday.

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