READING, Pa. - A neighborhood is mourning a Reading man who reportedly died in a tree in his backyard.
Officials said Candido Tores, 57, suffered a heart attack while trimming branches behind his home in the 1200 block of N. 6th St.
"[On] top of this tree… I was crying," said one witness.
"I just went blank," said neighbor Edwin Sanchez.
First-responders were called to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4. Upon arrival, officers found one neighbor in the tree hoisting up Tores' body, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael Lessar.
Lessar said neighbors reported that Tores began to feel weak while in the tree, and cried out for help.
"A neighbor climbed the tree to attempt to assist him down while he was still alert," said Lessar. "But while the neighbor was holding him, the neighbor reports that [Tores] went unresponsive."
Firefighters assisted in helping the heroic neighbor down, and used a ladder belt and rope to retrieve Tores' body.
"It's a devastating situation, losing a person like this, but sometimes we cannot change what the Lord decides to do with our lives," said Sanchez.
Sanchez described Tores as a "wonderful person" who was always polite. He said the victim's birthday would have been the following day.
"It was very sad," said Sanchez. "We [will] miss him."
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