Tree climber dies after falling 35 feet from tree

Warren, MI – 46 year old Brian Kellerman died from injuries sustained when he fell 35 feet out of a tree. Kellerman was pruning trees near utility lines at around 1:30 PM on Monday. Warren police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said, “It looks like the harness ropes they wear to hold themselves up in the tree became untied and he fell.” A co-worker was on the ground at the time of the accident and was quoted saying he heard a “loud thud”. He turned around to find Kellerman on the ground. Kellerman was treated at the scene by Warren Fire EMS and transported to St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit where he was declared dead in the emergency room.

Brian Kellerman worked for Kappan Tree Service in Caro. He was hired by DTE through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 17 in Southfield. He was a tree industry veteran with over 20 years of experience.

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