A city of Atlanta employee was killed Monday after being struck by a tree falling on him.

Donald Rembert, a city employee for 29 years who most recently worked with the city’s forestry team in the Department of Parks and Recreation, was killed while cutting down a limb on Springlake Drive in Buckhead. The limb fell on him and killing him at the scene, according to ajc.com.

Mayor Kasim Reed issued a statement:

I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Donald Rembert. Donald served the city of Atlanta for 29 years, and worked most recently with the forestry team in the Department of Parks and Recreation. His loss is made more tragic with the knowledge that he was only a few months away from retirement.

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.

The safety and security of our employees and the public is always our number one priority. The city will conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened. I have directed the members of my cabinet to conduct trainings over the next several weeks in order to remind all staff of safety protocols for their department and work duties. We want each and every one of our more than 8,000 employees to arrive at work, complete their shift and make it home safely to their love ones at the end of the day.

Finally, the city offers counseling and assistance to employees in need of support, and the Office of Constituent Services will provide whatever assistance we can to Mr. Rembert’s family.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.