Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Two men shocked while trimming trees in Largo

LARGO — Two men were shocked Wednesday when a ladder they were moving struck power lines above them.

According to Largo Fire Rescue, a crew of three workers from Happy Palms Tree Service was trimming trees at 1031 Tallowood Drive when two of them, identified as Lance Russe of St. Petersburg and Steve Hansen of Clearwater, tried to move an aluminum ladder and accidentally struck some power lines.

Russel, 50, and Hansen, 32, were shocked, fire rescue said. Hansen went into cardiac arrest, and the third worker who was not hurt began CPR on him. The other injured worker was conscious but "dazed, confused and shaken up," said division chief Josh Stefancic.

Both men were taken to Largo Medical Center. Hansen had a heart beat and was trying to breathe on his own by the time paramedics arrived at the hospital, fire rescue said.

Pinellas sheriff's officials said Hansen's injuries were considered life threatening while Russel's were not.

June Hampton, 59, lives across the street and made the 9-1-1 call. She had been working in her back yard when she heard screams.

"I assumed (the workers) fell out of the tree because they'd been out there all day," Hampton said. "I looked over there, and there was one man that was having convulsions and there was another that was on his face and he wasn't coherent . . . It's just a terrible accident, but thank God they're all alive."

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