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LVFR: Landscaper rescued from palm tree

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Crews work to rescue a man stuck in a palm tree on Aug. 11, 2016. (Abby Theodros/FOX5) Crews work to rescue a man stuck in a palm tree on Aug. 11, 2016. (Abby Theodros/FOX5)
A landscaper got stuck in a palm tree while working on Aug. 11, 2016. (Abby Theodros/FOX5) A landscaper got stuck in a palm tree while working on Aug. 11, 2016. (Abby Theodros/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue first responders said they were able to safely remove a landscaper who was stuck in a palm tree Thursday. 

Officials responded to the call at 10:52 a.m. near Rancho Drive and Oakey Boulevard.

The landscaper of an unknown company was trimming the palm tree at a residence when anywhere from 500 to 1,000 pounds of tree fronds fell on him, the department said. The landscaper was unable to move because of the weight of the debris.

Luis Rodriguez was working with a separate tree trimming company near the situation and lent his man lift to firefighters, who rescued the man. 

"He looked like he was in a very hard situation trying to get down," Rodriguez said. 

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Eddie Vigil said the department performs at least 12 tree rescues each year, many of them involving landscapers for hire.

"They're reaching up and cutting, and if those fronds slip down or break away and comes down on their chest, they have all this weight on their chest and they cant move," Vigil said.

Rescue personnel said the man was alert and conscious when he was removed from the tree. 

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