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Las Vegas firefighters rescue palm tree trimmer

A man stuck in a palm tree was rescued Saturday morning by the Las Vegas Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a call in the 1100 block of South Sixth Street, near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard South and Charleston Boulevard, at 8:23 a.m., according to department spokesman Tim Szymanski. The man was rescued from the tree around 8:55 a.m.

The man, who was trimming the tree, sustained minor back injuries, but was not taken to a hospital for treatment, Szymanski said.

Two valley residents have died in the past six months while trimming palm trees. On Dec. 22, Carlos Dye, 49, died of positional mechanical asphyxia after getting stuck in a tree in North Las Vegas. Just weeks later, on Jan. 11, Daniel Wynn Smith, 46, died while trimming a tree less than a quarter of a mile away, in North Las Vegas.

Contact Chris Kudialis at ckudialis@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283. Find him on Twitter: @kudialisrj.

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