Man found dead in Oak View tree

Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor
A man who had been trimming a palm tree in Oak View Thursday was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. after being found unresponsive in the tree.
Several fire units from the Ojai Valley and Ventura City Fire responded to Almond Avenue and Andrus Street, according to Scott Dettorre of the Ventura County Fire Department.
"The first thing we did was check to make sure there were no electrical lines," said Dettorre.
Once an electrocution had been ruled out, a technical rescue began and emergency responders removed the man from the tree. He was not breathing and had no pulse.
"Family members did respond to the scene, " Dettorre said, "and we did order a chaplain out there for them."
The Ventura County Medical Examiner has not released the name of the man, and the cause of death is still being investigated.
© Ojai Valley News, 2015

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