Brad was a Certified Arborist and the founder of Foster Trees. We are carrying on his passion for trees and his legacy and are still open for business!
He had a deep love for the outdoors and limitless energy. He was a gifted leader, mentor, and friend who possessed a rare confidence and wisdom. His teachings and spirit will carry on through those he touched and taught.
On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Brad Swet (May 28, 1984) and Brandon Blackmore (February 15, 1992) died when taking down the GuildWorks array at Pickathon and their boom lift fell. They were in the process of repositioning the lift to reach the next set of ropes in the trees when the accident happened.
Both Brad and Brandon were experienced arborists, expert climbers, professional installers, and trained boom operators. They worked with GuildWorks and Pickathon for many years and were valuable and beloved members of our communities.
Brad and Brandon were also remarkable friends and shared an unusual bond. They loved being in the trees together, were passionate about installing at Pickathon each year and were incredibly proud of their work. They were known for their professionalism, creative thinking, and dedication to their craft. Their joy for life was contagious and they touched everyone with their laughter and enthusiasm.