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Tree trimmer killed in Glendora

June 9, 2012 | 10:03 pm

A 35-year-old man was killed Saturday after getting tangled in a palm tree he was trimming in Glendora, authorities said.

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

When crews arrived they could not see the man or make verbal contact with him because he was hidden among the fronds, so they used a thermal imaging device to locate him. When they reached him, 30 feet up in the tree, he was unconscious and without a pulse, but showed no obvious signs of trauma, Lopez said.

Crews removed him from the tree and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office, Lopez said. The man's name has not yet been released.

--Tony Barboza