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Worker whose body was recovered from Sacramento tree is identified

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has identified a tree trimmer who died Monday while working in a large tree.

He was identified as Heriberto Rangel-Montoya, 39, of Sacramento.

Firefighters were called to the 4800 block of 42nd Street in Oak Park about 4 p.m. Monday after a report about the man in the tree. It is unclear how his death occurred, but a Sacramento Fire Department spokesman said the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health also responded.

The worker was about 25 feet off the ground pinned in the tree, according to the spokesman. When firefighters arrived, branches were hanging down in the way, but they got a 35-foot ladder up as quickly as possible to check Rangel-Montoya for vital signs.

Once it was determined he was dead, firefighters used an aerial ladder truck to recover the body.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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