Death – Haltom City man dies being pinned in garbage truck: police

Death – Obituary

Cecilio Pule, 56, was a garbage truck operator for Republic Services.

Cecilio Pule, 56, was a garbage truck operator for Republic Services.


A Haltom City man was pronounced dead at the scene after he was pinned between the hydraulic arms and bin of a garbage truck Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Cecilio Pule, 56, who worked as a garbage truck operator for Republic Services, was in the 4100 block of Cedar Drive in Grapevine at the time of his death.

Grapevine police said the garbage truck was having mechanical problems and a mechanic was sent over to troubleshoot and make repairs. After moving the hydraulic arm from inside the truck cab, the mechanic stepped outside to see Pule on the ground.

Police said the mechanic did not know Pule had stepped into an area where the arm would drop.

Colleyville police responded to the scene first and provided medical assistance, but Pule did not have a pulse and was pronounced dead several minutes after Grapevine fire personnel arrived.

The Grapevine Police Department is investigating the incident. No criminal charges have been filed as of Thursday evening.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.