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Rochester man killed by fallen tree Wednesday night

The 65-year-old man was outside around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, Dec. 15, 2021, when a tree fell on him and his truck.

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A 65-year-old Rochester man was killed Wednesday night when a tree fell on him.

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Olmsted County Sheriff's Lt. Lee Rossman identified the man as Keith Alan Dickman, of Rochester.

Emergency responders were called about 8 p.m. to the 3500 block of Collegeview Road East in Haverhill Township for a report of a man struck by a tree, according to Rossman.

According to witnesses, the residents of the home were hosting a gathering on Wednesday evening. Dickman went outside to smoke a cigarette and shortly after, the tornado sirens sounded. Those inside the home went to the basement and once there, realized Dickman was not with them, Rossman said. When the sirens stopped sounding, one of the group went outside to look for him and saw that a tree had fallen on Dickman's pickup.

Dickman was found next to the pickup, under the tree, Rossman said. The group worked to get part of the tree off Dickman and performed CPR until emergency responders arrived. With the assistance of deputies, Rochester police and firefighters, Dickman was removed from under the tree and taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys, where he died.


Rossman said Dickman suffered a head injury.

The tree was estimated to have been about 40 feet tall and broke off about 10 feet up from its base.

Emily Cutts is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. She joined the Post Bulletin in July 2018 after stints in Vermont and Western Massachusetts.
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