NBCPhiladelphia.com - David Hall
A man falls to his death while attaching Christmas lights to the roof of his South Jersey home.
A South Jersey man died after he fell while stringing Christmas lights on his roof.
Alan Dankel Jr., 59, appeared to have fallen off the roof of his Sewell, N.J. home around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Dankel's wife Leslie found her husband unconscious and unresponsive in his driveway, she said.
Mrs. Dankel tried to revive her husband but was unable. He was pronounced dead at Kennedy Memorial Hospital.
His family assumed Dankel was hanging lights when he fell about 20 feet. Lights were half strung along the home's second story, a ladder was propped against the garage roof and his hat was left on the roof, police said.
Dankel's son Andrew said he and his brother had begged their father not to put up the lights this year since both sons are expecting children in the coming months. It appears Dankel didn't listen to the warning.
The holidays now go on for the Dankel family without their patriarch.
“We had a great life, no regrets, we did it all,” said Dankel’s widow.
Washington Township Police denied to NBCPhiladelphia.com any earlier reports that an average of one person a year in the town dies while setting up holiday decorations.
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