Close call in Arbor Heights: Tree branch falls near school

May 28, 2013 at 8:53 am | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

8:53 AM: Close call in the street out front of Arbor Heights Elementary a short time ago – a tree on the other side of SW 104th lost a branch that itself is the size of a tree! Thanks to Christopher Grupp for the photo (and to others for texting/tweeting about it); we’ve been to the scene to take a look too – school buses are getting through eastbound, but the westbound side of the road is blocked until the tree can be cleared.

10:21 AM: Neighbors Dana and Ellie report it’s cleared:

… and say it’s thanks to these guys:

They shared the photos with this update: “Fallen tree in Arbor Heights cleared in one hour’s time, thanks to quick teamwork of Pete Good, Craig Harold, and a trusty chainsaw! So grateful for extraordinary neighbors who helped …”

12 Comments

  1. Nice job Pete and Craig! Way to step up and be helpful. Love that neighborhood.

    Comment by alkiobserver — 12:27 pm May 28, 2013 #

  2. Nice work Pete and Craig. Good to know there are selfless, motivated neighbors out there when it counts. Is that beer thirt?

    Comment by Karl Larsen — 1:21 pm May 28, 2013 #

  3. Kudos to the neighbors for jumping in to help. Kind, generous and caring of them!

    I sure hope that they had put the chainsaw away before they broke out whatever adult beverage they have in the brown bag. I trust they also took off their safety goggles and work gloves before raising a glass. Working with a chainsaw is not something to take casually – there are many serious injuries that occur when they are not handled with the utmost respect. Wouldn’t want anyone to get the impression from the photo that it is a party activity…

    Comment by HungryKids — 2:34 pm May 28, 2013 #

  4. That’s not a “brown bag” – that’s a cut on part of the tree. Zoom in on the photo.

    Comment by WSB — 2:44 pm May 28, 2013 #

  5. Those are some funny observations/extrapolations from a single photo HungryKids. Though, I will say, they look like a couple of fun guys to party with.

    Comment by alkiobserver — 4:21 pm May 28, 2013 #

  6. Huge assumptions HungryKids.
    - incorrectly thinking there is a brown bag in the picture
    - automatically assuming it must have been an “adult beverage” in the non existent brown bag

    I’m all for safety while using power tools, but your assumptions based on a photo are ridiculous. It would have been nice if you’d limited your comment to your first sentence and left it at that.

    Comment by Suzanne — 5:00 pm May 28, 2013 #

  7. Hey HungryKids – how about attending an Alanon meeting instead of trying to nanny others online.

    Comment by CJ — 6:21 pm May 28, 2013 #

  8. Good job guys! See Craig, we don’t need “super” heroes when regular heroes will do. Way to represent the heights.

    Comment by thistle stairs — 7:40 pm May 28, 2013 #

  9. I saw several parents pitch in to help and felt all warm and gooey about our amazing neighborhood.

    Comment by furiouskitty — 7:55 pm May 28, 2013 #

  10. Guys, relax, it’s just lemonade, we just thought it looked funny. Seriously, they were awesome.

    Comment by Ellie — 8:48 pm May 28, 2013 #

  11. Yesterday was the definition of community – really, if you look up “community” in the dictionary there is a picture of Craig and Pete standing there with cups of lemonade after efficiently and safely cutting up the tree that couldn’t be moved by Cathy, Cathy, Ellie and I and moving it to the side of the street. Thanks to everyone who helped.

    Comment by Dana — 9:02 am May 29, 2013 #

  12. I owe these generous neighbors an apology. My aging eyes played tricks on me and I was convinced that was a brown bag. Pete and Craig – I was wrong and I am sorry I added a sour note to the conversation.

    Everyone please do be careful whenever you are using power tools, or around people using them. I have met people whose lives have been upended in a single moment of inattention. Once you’re done and the saw’s turned off, celebration is in order!

    Comment by HungryKids — 5:24 pm May 29, 2013 #

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