Property owner killed felling tree

An off-duty state police trooper was killed on August 21, 2021, in Fayette County, West Virginia, after being struck by a tree he was cutting down on his property.

John Syner, 52, a sergeant and commander of the state police detachment in Marlinton, W. Va., was cutting trees on his property when one of them fell awkwardly and struck him. According to friends, the impact knocked Syner into a nearby pond and caused fatal injuries. Syner was an experienced tree cutter, according to a MetroNews report.

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