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City employee killed by falling tree in Buckhead

ATLANTA — A City of Atlanta employee was killed in Buckhead Monday morning after he was hit by a falling tree.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. on Springlake Dr. NW.

A release from the city of Atlanta identified the worker as Donald Rembert, who was an employee with the city for 29 years. He was most recently working with the forestry team in the Department of Parks and Recreation and was just months from retirement.

In a press release, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed remembered Rembert and offered condolences to his family. 

In his nearly three decades of work for the City, Donald was a caring friend and a valued coworker. He loved being and working outdoors. He leaves behind an extended family, two children and a brother who serves the City of Atlanta in the Department of Public Works. His son has also worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation as a seasonal employee. His family’s deep commitment to public service is admirable. 

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11Alive Sky Tracker was over the scene when the incident first happened. It showed a broken bucket at the top of an extended bucket truck near the tree. A large section of the top of the tree appeared to have cut and was lying on the ground under the broken bucket.

The city is now conducting an investigation to determine exactly what happened. In addition, the mayor says he has directed the members of his cabinet to conduct trainings over the next several weeks in order to remind all staff of safety protocols. The city will also offer counseling and assistance to employees who need support.

The family held a celebration of life service for Rembert on March 19 at the Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on Fairburn Road. 


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