Man rescued from tree after two hours

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 3, 1999

An Adams County man got a taste for heights Wednesday after spending more than two hours trapped in a tree on Parker Street.

Daniel Tucker of Tree Care was trimming a tree limb after 10:30 a.m. when his hand got caught in the rope holding the limb. &uot;I heard him holler and I asked him what was wrong,&uot; said Calvin Proby, who was at the scene. &uot;He said the rope had caught his hand.&uot;

The limb fell toward the ground and hung by the rope, which was still wrapped around Tucker’s hand.

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&uot;I asked him if he was all right, and he didn’t say anything,&uot; said Tracy Calvin, who was also out the scene. &uot;I asked him if was hurt and he didn’t say anything.&uot;

Despite Tucker’s injuries, he refused to cut the rope until officials told him to cut it. &uot;He was more worried about the tree hitting the lady’s house,&uot; said his wife, Jennifer Tucker.

Tucker was hired by Gertrude Sewell of 106 Parker Street to trim the white oak.

An Entergy cherry-picker, police officers and two fire trucks came to the scene. Officials estimated Tucker was about 80 feet off the ground, and it took 107 feet of ladder to reach him. At 1 p.m., Justin Humes of the Natchez Fire Department helped Tucker climb down the ladder. &uot;He was talking to me all the way down,&uot; Humes said. &uot;He told me he was just getting a little weak.&uot;

Tucker was in stable condition Wednesday at Natchez Community Hospital but was being sent to University Medical Center by private vehicle Wednesday night.