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Tree cutter stable after cutting leg with chain saw
Rescue workers used ladder truck to bring man down
Gainesville firefighters Doug Pruitt, right, and Eric Stover help an injured tree cutter into a bucket during a rescue Monday morning. The tree cutter cut his leg with a chain saw while working near the top of a tree on Baywood Drive near Dawsonville Highway. - photo by Tom Reed

A man was in stable condition Thursday after severely cutting his leg with a chain saw while cutting a tree at a residence on Baywood Drive near Dawsonville Highway.

Deputy Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough with the Gainesville Fire Department said the 41-year-old received a 4-inch cut on his right leg.

The man was harnessed about 30 feet in the air when the incident occurred, requiring rescue workers to use a ladder truck to bring the man to the ground.

Before firefighters could secure him, they had to tend to his wound and control the bleeding. The man was then taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Hall County Fire Department doesn't release identities of people involved in medical calls.

Yarbrough said the department trains for such rescue situations.

"We train for high angle incidents," he said. "That's basically what it was, a high angle rescue, anything above ground."

The tree the man was cutting was only a few yards from the street, allowing rescue workers to use a ladder truck as opposed to more difficult procedures.

"It's just fortunate that it was right here where we could use a piece of equipment, so we didn't have to bring out the ropes and all that kind of stuff," Yarbrough said.

He said if the rescue had occurred in a wooded area that didn't allow access for trucks, rescue workers would have had to harness the man using ropes and lower him to the ground.