Tree Trimmer Killed in Nissequogue

Thursday's death was the second tree-trimming accident in the past two weeks in Smithtown.

A South Carolina tree trimmer was killed on Thursday, according to Suffolk County Police, after a broken limb struck him in the head in Nissequogue.

Police said the man – 36-year-old David Freberg, of York, S.C. – was attempting to trim a fallen tree in the woods around 12:15 p.m. behind 42 James Neck Rd. Freberg was employed by Patriot Tree Service.

Thursday's accident was the second in the area in the past two weeks; last Tuesday, a Centereach man was killed when he was struck in the head while trimming trees behind the Hauppauge Palace Diner on Route 347 in Hauppauge.

The tree had fallen during last week's storm, according to police.

Freberg was transported to Stony Brook Hospital by Saint James Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are investigating the incident.

AKramden November 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Like it or not this is dangerous work...then you get comments like, "My grandmother could have got this storm restoration done quicker". People are idiots.
CMarie November 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM
So incredibly sad. Prayers for him and his family.
Cathy November 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
So sad,
Marion Knott November 16, 2012 at 04:00 PM
With some of you being nasty while power was out this should be a wake up call to thank God for these people who sacrifice for us.
fay November 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I am great full for all the workers who put their lives on the line after hurricane Sandy. They are the real heroes, as opposed to the Bureaucrats of a certain electrical company sitting around stuffing their pockets and not doing their jobs properly.
Dave M. November 16, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This story is making me re-think my decision to cut down a tree in my backyard that is hanging up in another tree. It's possible that it wouldn't come down the way I planned. I think I'll let a professional take care of it.
Trish November 16, 2012 at 09:26 PM
To Marion Knott: Spoken like someone who wasn't without power for very long. For the record, If people were nasty at all, it certainly was not with the workers and linesmen, but rather with the organiation responsible for the weak and in most parts, antiquated system we have to deal with whenever the smallest breeze and rain come down. I came across No One who was nasty to a worker. On the contrary, people were grateful to them, particularly those that came to assist from out of town and out of state. So, don't put words in people's mouths, and don't paint the citizens of Smithtown as ungrateful or uncaring. What you posted is simply untrue and is nothing more than a vindictive rant. and on that note, my thoughts and prayers go out to this gentleman's family.
confectioner November 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Agreed, we had a crew from Nova Scotia come down and restore power-no small task as it required 3 telephone poles and a tremendous amount of wire but they handled it like champions.
Argile November 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM
According to her IP address Marion is living in California. So why she's making snide comments all the way from the land of beach and sun is beyond me.
George November 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
George November 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
datin b November 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
hire only licenced contractors that are licenced in the town you reside,it's the law!
datin b November 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM
B November 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Tree work is extremely dangerous at times especially after a storm. The workers are forced to deal with complicated situations but most alleays put their own safety first. Making every attempt to not damage a persons property. Tension from trees against other trees and gravity are fatal enemies when performing the work. Blessings to the family who suffers the loss of a loved one.


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