PORTLAND – A tree trimmer was in serious condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital Monday after he fell from a maple tree over 70 feet tall in the Tryon Creek State Park area.
Witnesses said Barry Sadis fell for 20 to 30 feet before he hit a branch and was able to hang on while he waited for rescuers to reach him.
“He just kept bouncing around off the limbs until finally he just, on that bottom limb, he just straddled it,” said fellow tree trimmer John Swartz. “That stopped him and he was able to grab a hold of the next limb to hold himself up.”
Portland firefighters used a bucket truck to reach Sadis. He was taken to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of his injuries.
“I just hope he’s OK,” said his son, Thomas Sadis. “I hope it’s just a couple of bruised ribs or fractured ribs or something and he’ll be alright.”
Late Monday evening, Thomas said his dad had broken his sternum and all of the ribs on his left side. He was listed in fair condition Tuesday morning.
Thomas said his dad has been doing this kind of work for more than 20 years and was wearing all the appropriate safety gear when his line snapped.
Barry and the rest of his crew were in the process of removing the tree from a property on Southwest 11th Drive.
KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.