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Valley officer helps save woman hanging from a cliff in Utah

Posted at 10:04 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2021-04-11 12:52:45-04

CHANDLER, AZ — A Chandler police commander happened to be in the right spot when a woman found herself in all sorts of trouble, dangling off a cliff.

Chandler Police Commander Scott Veach was in St. George, Utah recently to visit his son who had gone to college and plays football. The team was having a meeting on a rock near campus when he came across a woman in need of help.

"As I was walking up the ridge I noticed this girl hanging from a rope about halfway down the face of the cliff," Veach said.

That's when he jumped in to help, telling ABC15 the woman had gotten her hair stuck while rappelling down the rock and had been dangling for about 45 minutes.

"The girl that was up there said 'yeah this is our first time rappelling," he said.

Veach said he then recruited help from the Dixie State University football team.

"I went over to the head coach and I said 'Hey, coach can you loan me four or five of your offensive and defensive linemen and let's get this girl off the cliff," Veach said. "He's like yeah, absolutely."

In a team effort, the group was able to hoist the woman to safety.

"I think there's opportunities presented to us every day by God where we can show compassion or kindness or even make a difference," he said. "I think you just have to pay attention to those moments and if you are paying attention you'll find them and you can make a difference in somebody's life."