Man killed hanging Christmas lights is identified

The man who was killed last Saturday while stringing Christmas lights outside an East Palo Alto apartment building has been identified as Raldy Sarceno-Cardona, 23, of East Palo Alto.

Sarceno-Cardona, an employee of Page Mill Properties, was on a ladder stringing lights on a Redwood tree when the lights touched a PG&E electric line, electrocuting him.

Fire crews arrived to find him hanging about 60 feet from the ground, apparently fused to the tree, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

"This is a young man and nobody wants this type of thing during the holidays," Schapelhouman said. "He was just trying to make things brighter in East Palo Alto."

-- Don Kazak


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Posted by Darwin
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 19, 2007 at 10:35 am

Hmmm....60 feet off the ground by a power line. Darwin returns.

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Posted by V
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 19, 2007 at 12:56 pm

If anyone has any info on where to send condolences to the family please post.

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Posted by JB
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 19, 2007 at 2:16 pm

My condolences goes out to the family.

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Posted by Christina
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 21, 2007 at 3:37 pm

It's so sad that he was only 24 years old but what I want to know is why was the tree so close to the PG&E electric line?

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Dec 23, 2007 at 7:55 am

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Thoughts go out to the young man's family. Not only for their loss, but also because the writer and others have lost their sense of sympathy, tact and class.

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Posted by
a resident of Southgate
on Mar 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

Late last year PageMil laid off more than 4 dozen maintenance staff, as a guard there I was disciplined for reporting safety issues including a broken stairwell (large hole from missing brick on a step, 1838 W. Bayshore), open 55 gallon drums of hydraulic oil, motor oil, car batteries & other hazardous waste dumped on site & in doorways, broken fire detection equipment, smoke detectors beeping low battery warnings, missing smoke detectors, broken emergency exit signs, inoperable fire doors, exposed live electrical wiring at 2 feet off the ground (toddlers height?), swimming pools not meeting child safety fence requirements, an occupied apartment door with no doorknob nor deadbolt, entire buildings we had no access keys to allow our response if called. Yes I saw investment of the astronomical rent increases, it was invested in hiring a Police Lt, a city Building Inspector, a Deputy DA, & a camera surveillance system in order to undermine law, order, & privacy.

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