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Man electrocuted while removing trees at East Texas Baptist University

By by Hannah DeClerk hdeclerk@news-journal.com
Aug. 2, 2012 at 11 p.m.


MARSHALL - A man died Wednesday after being accidentally electrocuted on the campus of East Texas Baptist University.

A worker from Fason Tree Service of Marshall died from injuries sustained while removing a dead tree near Marshall Hall and North Grove Street, according to ETBU spokesman Mike Midkiff.

A spokesperson for Black's Funeral Home in Carthage identified the victim as Michael Noel.

According to Midkiff, Noel was using an extension saw to cut a tree that had been struck by lightning. He was in a scissor lift with a bucket when he was apparently electrocuted.

Marshall Fire Department EMS Supervisor Bob Cole said the victim was pronounced dead at Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall.

Cole said officials were waiting on the autopsy results in order to determine the cause of death, but confirmed he suffered severe electrical burns.

East Texas Baptist University President Dr. Samuel Oliver said the ETBU community mourned the accidental death.

In a written statement, representatives from Fason Tree Service stated: "On Wednesday, we lost a close member of our family. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Our hearts are heavy, and we will miss the brother we loved so dearly, knowing God has a plan for him."

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