Man dies after falling from tree he was trimming

Published On: Apr 29 2013 01:24:35 AM HST

A 66-year-old man fell to his death while trimming a tree at his church, officials said.

Stephen Pederson volunteered to trim trees at All Faith Baptist Church near Lakeland on Saturday. Polk County Sheriff's officials said he apparently lost his footing as he was coming down after a limb he trimmed hit a power line. He fell about 20 feet.

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Authorities said Pederson was initially conscious, but his condition continued to deteriorate after he was hospitalized.

The Ledger of Lakeland reported Pederson was a crossing guard at Combee Elementary School.

No further details were immediately available.

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