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March 25, 2013

Keeseville man dies in logging accident

KEESEVILLE — A Keeseville man died Saturday morning in a logging accident.

According to Plattsburgh-based State Police, Daniel R. Laduke, 51, died after a tree he was cutting down fell on top of him in the woods behind his home at 44 Mace Chasm Road in Keeseville.

There, Laduke’s body was discovered by a friend at 11 a.m.

Police believe the accident occurred sometime between 7:30 and 11 a.m.

Upon arriving at the scene of the incident, members of the Keeseville Fire Department and EMS, South Plattsburgh Fire Department and New York State Forest Rangers verified Laduke to be deceased, according to a media release from State Police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw and transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, where an autopsy was performed Sunday by Dr. C. Francis Varga.

Varga, the release said, determined Laduke’s death was caused by crush injuries to the chest as a result of being struck by a falling tree.

Laduke, who is survived by his wife, Michelle Laduke, owned and operated North Country Tree Service in Keeseville.

“I am an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist with 30 years of experience in the pruning, treating or technical removal of trees and hedges,” the longtime woodsman wrote on his business’ website, treedoctor.org.

Laduke also indicated on the website that he held degrees in biology, chemistry and agricultural science.

“This knowledge and experience allows me to treat our North Country trees with the best possible care,” he wrote.

According to police, Laduke was wearing protective gear, including a helmet, chaps and steel-toe boots when the accident occurred.

Whitelaw ruled the manner of death to be accidental.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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