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Bucket trucks used to rescue Dunkirk man pinned while felling tree

DUNKIRK  - Dunkirk Fire crews rescued a man who became pinned between a limb, a ladder and tree trunk 15 feet above the ground while attempting to cut down a tree at 95 King St. shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim, who was  not identified, was flown by Starflight to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries but in stable condition, Dunkirk Fire Capt. Gary S. Katta  said.

A high-lift truck from the Dunkirk Department of Public Works, two National Grid bucket trucks and additional manpower were deployed to the scene of the rescue.  One of the bucket trucks was used to secure the limb with chains to relieve pressure on the victim, who was then lowered to the ground for treatment on-site, said Katta, who added  that the rescue operation took about an hour and 40 minutes.



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