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Landscaper electrocuted while trimming trees

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A mishap has claimed the life of a local landscaper.

Police say 34-year-old Pedro Ortiz of West Palm Beach was electrocuted about 2:15 Monday afternoon while trimming a tree at a home in the El Cid neighborhood. Frantic friends and relatives went to the scene shortly after the tragedy.

Ortiz, who owns Ortiz Yard Maintenance, was in a tree about 30 feet off the ground using a hand saw when, police say, he came into contact with a power line.

"Right now, we just we just lost a family member. You know it's hard," said Ortiz's nephew. "My mom, you know, I feel her pain."

Firefighters say when they arrived, Ortiz was unconscious. They had to wait until FPL could shut off power in the area to allow them to climb up into the tree and reach him.

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