NE Fla Firefighter Dies after Falling From Tree

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an off-duty firefighter has died after falling from a tree he was cutting in a northeast Florida backyard.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Jacksonville firefighter Jason Bishop was pronounced dead Saturday at a hospital.

Sgt. Dan Janson tells The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/LoV7Hq ) that Bishop was 30 to 40 feet off the ground, cutting a branch that had forked at the top of the tree. The branch fell, striking the tree's trunk.

Janson says Bishop was harnessed to a part of the tree that then split and fell.

Other firefighters said Bishop often did handyman work and was cutting the tree for an acquaintance.

Bishop, a 39-year-old former Marine, joined the fire department 10 years ago.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2012 at 06:34 PM
    Some times bad luck seems to hide out and wait for you to come along. So sorry this happen,prayers for his family.
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      by Karen on Jun 4, 2012 at 07:53 PM in reply to
      Praying for the family of this young fireman.
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