Man Killed By Falling Tree In Rostraver

ROSTRAVER (KDKA) — A Westmoreland County man died in a freak accident Sunday afternoon.

Milton Lebe, 44, of Fayette City, was killed by a falling tree in the 200-block of Nichols Hill Road in Rostraver.

He was a Fayette City volunteer firefighter. Members of the fire department are coping with his passing.

“Anytime you get news like this, you’re never prepared for it,” Fire Chief James Eley said. “Young person, still a lot of life ahead of him.”

Lebe was cutting firewood on his girlfriend’s farm around 2:30 p.m. His girlfriend was unable to reach him on his cell phone and called police when she discovered the body.

The Westmoreland County Coroner said a 50 – to 55-foot tree accidentally came down on him.

Lebe had been with the department for 10 years. Friends described him as well-liked, easy going and always willing to help.

“He was the type of guy that he would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him to do something,” Eley said. “Anytime something needed done with one of the trucks, you called him, he’d drop whatever he was doing, he came down and took care of it.”


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  • Sandy

    We will miss and never forget you Milt. You were such a wonderful, caring person. I know your family as well as us extended families (firemen, camp friends, sledding, etc.) will remember you fondly. Always doing something! May you rest in peace.

  • Carrie

    You will be greatly Missed Milt and you will never be forgotten, fayette city VFC lost a great person, my thoughts and prayers go out to milts family and friends.

  • JoAnn Lambert

    we will miss you very much and will never foreget you? I will remember the way you made me laugh when i was down . my prayers and thoughts are with your family and friends.

  • Jay Wilson

    on behalf of the local Pittsburgh steel haulers, we all will remember Milt as a hard worker, a good all around guy who would give the shirt off his back to any and all. Godspeed, Milt, Godspeed. Missed by a hell of alot of coworkers.

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