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Forsyth man killed in tree-cutting accident
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Forsyth County News

DAWSONVILLE — A Forsyth County man was killed in a tree-cutting accident May 12 in southern Dawson County.

Coroner Ted Bearden said Christopher Bartlett, 28, was attempting to cut down the top of a tree at a private home off Hwy. 9 when the branches swung around and pinned him against the tree trunk.

"It was a very tragic accident," Bearden said.

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond said the incident occurred about 6 p.m. on Alexis Way.

"He had two helpers on the ground, but they didn't see what happened because they were on the other side pulling a tension rope," he said. "They had been hired to cut the oak tree down."

Crews from Forsyth County's rescue unit and Sawnee EMC were called to help emergency services in extricating Bartlett from the tree, which took about two hours.

"Because of the fact that he was about 35 feet up in the tree, we had to have equipment that would allow us to get to him," Bearden said.

According to Bearden, Bartlett owned a tree and landscaping service based in Cumming.