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Jun 30, 2014 6:31 PM by Janine Reyes

Massive Tree Collapse Threatens Tree Trimmer's Life

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Some fast thinking business employees along the 7000 block of Leopard were perhaps in the right place at the right time today. They helped a neighbor in need when a huge tree fell on a man trying to earn some extra cash.

"He was just trying to make money for us, he was cutting a tree," said Jennifer Saldana as she broke down in tears early Monday afternoon.

She told us in detail how she watched in terror as her husband tried cutting down a massive tree and instead, wound up trapped.

A total stranger, came to her rescue first.

"I seen her running back and forth trying to knock on people's doors and I just heard her screaming and I dialed 911," said the stranger.

Meanwhile, the business next door, which happens to be South Texas Trench Safety, fired up their front loader.

They arrived within seconds of first responders..

The good samaritans pulled the tree off the man who told his wife moments before that he may die pinned underneath the massive tree.

Saldana told us her husband's done that type of work before and she's not sure just what went wrong.

"He's a professional tree trimer, he used to work for Aspen, so he knows how to cut trees and he's done it before and this has never happened," Saldana said.

One thing is for sure, without the strangers' efforts, things could have been much much worse.

Saldana had a tearful thank you for them. "If it wasn't for you all I don't know where, where we'd be right now," she said.

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