Ellenboro man killed on the job Wednesday

Edwards was veteran Ellenboro fireman
Feb. 28, 2013 @ 05:14 AM

An Ellenboro man and employee of Asplundh Tree Expert Co. died Wednesday morning from injuries he sustained after being hit by a tree in a wooded area in Valdese.

Kenny Edwards, Jr., 39,  was working with a tree-trimming crew at about 9 a.m. when he was hit by a tree.

When the call came into the 911 Communications Center in Burke County the telecommunicator instructed Asplundh crew members to perform CPR, said Lisa Propst, communications manager for EMS. She said Edwards was working with a team of six or seven men when the tree fell. When the call came into 911, she said co-workers said the tree had fallen on Edwards.

The first responders arrived on the scene in about four minutes, Propst said. Less than 20 minutes later EMS arrived at the scene. Edwards was transported from the scene on a cart attached to the rear of an All-Terrain Vehicle.

Asplundh corporate spokesperson George Licci said from the office in Grove. Pa.,  "This is very unfortunate. The incident is under investigation. That's all I know at this time. We feed bad."

Edwards was a 20-year volunteer firemen with Ellenboro Fire Department and was one of the department's captains.

Chief Terry Horn said Wednesday afternoon, "Kenny, Jr. was the definition of today's fireman. He would run calls when nobody else could or would. He would go above and beyond every call to serve his community and in doing so he never stood so tall. We love him and we miss him."

"He is greatly missed not only as a firefighters but a friend," Horn said. "We were shocked to hear this. It is a terrible loss to the fire department and the community."