Mauro Yanes died doing what he was always known for: wielding his tools and helping a person in need. The 65-year-old resident of Clewiston, Florida, was last seen giving assistance during the post-Hurricane Irma cleanup. According to reports, Yanes responded to an emergency call and was cutting down a tree, when it tragically gave way and he fell to his death.
A professional landscape contractor for more than two decades, Yanes had a lot of experience working on trees. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, his services were in high demand. “He lived his life cutting lawns, doing landscaping,” said one family member. “If you wanted a big tree knocked down, he would take it down. He would go out of his way to do things. He cared about the city of Clewiston and about the people here.”
There have been 34 deaths in the state that have officially been linked to Hurricane Irma, with that number expected to increase.