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Landscaper killed by falling tree limb in Ohio

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John Gallagher Jr. was struck in the head by a tree branch while working.

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) | January 4, 2010

The owner of a landscaping company was killed in December when he was struck by a limb from a tree.
 
John Gallagher Jr., 63, of Bainbridge, was pronounced dead at Solon-St. Luke Medical Center shorty after the 3:30 p.m. incident. He and two other men were trimming trees on a property on River's Edge Drive, Police Chief James Jimison said.
 
While Gallagher was working on a lower branch of a tree, an old, upper branch that had been lodged near the top of the tree, worked loose and fell on him. The falling branch struck Gallagher in the head.
 
Gallagher was unconscious when emergency workers arrived. Bainbridge Fire and Rescue took him to the medical center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
 
His wife, MaryEllen said he had owned Gallagher's Landscaping Co. for 30 years and that everyone was shocked at the freak accident.
 
"They were trimming trees one second and then a tree branch just came flying at him," she said.
 
She added that the company would remain in business, despite the accident.

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