Polk County, Florida -- A school crossing guard died after falling over 20 feet from a tree.
On April 27, Polk County Sheriff's Office School
Crossing Guard, Stephen Pederson, was trimming trees at the All Faith Baptist Church, a task he volunteered to do on several occasions.
Detectives learned through witness
accounts that Pederson had been using an electric saw. One of the trimmed
limbs hit a power line and the power was lost. Pederson began descending
from the tree with his equipment and just as he approached the ladder he had
removed a safety harness. Pederson appeared to lose his footing and fell
to the ground.
Initially conscious and alert,
Pederson was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Pederson's
condition continued to deteriorate and he died at the hospital.
Pederson was hired in November 2011
and was assigned to Combee Elementary School. He crossed students at the
intersection of Woodland Avenue and Morgan Combee Road.
The incident appears to be accidental,
however, the investigation remains open pending autopsy results.