• Simon Lemus, 49, had been working at a Hacienda Heights home with his teenage daughter when he got stuck under a heap of fronds inside the tree 
  • His family shared that Lemus was doing a side project for a friend but that he had long been in the tree trimming business 
  • First response arrived at the scene at 15400 block of Garo Street around 4pm
  • Around 5.15pm, fire personnel brought the man’s limp body from the tree by strapping him to the trunk of the tree 

A tree trimmer became trapped and died inside a palm tree he was working on in a California neighborhood Thursday, according to officials.

Simon Lemus, 49, had been working at a Hacienda Heights home with his teenage daughter when she heard screams from inside the tree.

When the teenager ran over to the tree, she found that her father had gotten stuck deep inside a the tree’s canopy under a heap of fronds.

His family revealed that Lemus was doing a side project for a friend but that he had long been in the tree trimming business.

‘Receiving news about my dad’s passing at this accident is something that’s very sad for our family,’ son, Simon Lemus Jr., said through a translator to KTLA. ‘But he passed away doing what he loved most.’

First response arrived at the scene at 15400 block of Garo Street around 4pm, according to Vannesa Lozano with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

First response arrived at the scene at 15400 block of Garo Street around 4pm, according to Vannesa Lozano with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Video taken showed two firemen ascending a ladder in efforts to reach the palm fronds that were 40ft off the ground.

They were working to get access to the man who was deep inside the tree.

Video taken showed two firemen ascending a ladder in efforts to reach the palm fronds that were 40ft off the groundVideo taken showed two firemen ascending a ladder in efforts to reach the palm fronds that were 40ft off the ground
Around 5.15pm, fire personnel brought the man's limp body from the tree by strapping him to the trunk of the tree

Around 5.15pm, fire personnel brought the man’s limp body from the tree by strapping him to the trunk of the tree

Around 5.15pm, fire personnel brought the man’s limp body from the tree by strapping him to the trunk of the tree.

By 5.45pm, the man was pronounced dead.

Lemus was said to have been stuck under dry palm fronds, which can be really heavy.

A cause of death has not been determined yet.

His family shared that Lemus was doing a side project for a friend but that he had long been in the tree trimming business

His family shared that Lemus was doing a side project for a friend but that he had long been in the tree trimming business

Friends of Lemus say that the tree trimmer was a seasoned professional and had the right equipment.

‘I know he’s a very strong guy, so I don’t know what happened inside there,’ Leonel Granados said. ‘It’s not the first one; he had trimmed, I think, thousands of palms.’

Lemus was remembered as a loving family man who was described as being religious and having a strong work ethic.

‘First and foremost, he was a person who loved God,’ Lemus Jr. said. ‘He was the best kind of guy, admirable, always smiling.’