DENISON, Tex. -- A city worker was killed on the job in Denison on Thursday morning. Howard Caylor, 49, died after a tree fell on top of him.
Denison city officials say the employee has been with the city for a long time. Now, they will remember him as a hard worker and the friend that he was to so many.
Denison police officials received the call around 8:30 Thursday morning about an accident involving a city crew doing routine maintenance at Waterloo Lake Park.
Officials say Caylor and the crew were in the process of cutting down a tree near the horse shoe pits when a tree fell in the wrong direction, falling on top of Caylor.
Caylor was pronounced dead on the scene.
It's the first on-the-job fatality the City of Denison has faced this year.
Denison firefighter Phillip Townsend was killed late last year, and two years ago a city employee was killed after falling off of a trash truck.
City officials say Caylor and other employees were qualified to perform the kind of work they were doing. It was just a tragic accident that claimed their friend’s life.
"Howard was a quality individual. He was constantly joking, has many good friends, you’d never hear anything had about him. He was just the type of guy you'd like to be around," Denison city manager Larry Cruise said.
No word yet on funeral arrangements for Caylor.