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Flagstaff, AZ – On Thursday, July 16, 2015 at approximately 2:27 pm Sheriff/Police Emergency Dispatchers received the report of a man and his dog who had fallen off of a cliff. The location of the accident was off of the north end of Forest Service road 237 in the area of Chevelon Canyon located north of Forest Lakes. Coconino Sheriff’s Deputies, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue unit, Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service personnel, Forest Lakes Fire Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Crews based in Flagstaff and Phoenix assisted with this call.
Emergency First Responders met with the reporting party on Forest Service road 237 to obtain more information regarding the accident. According, to the reporting party, the victim and his blind dog were walking along the top of the rim when they both fell off of a cliff that was about 500 to 600 feet above the canyon floor. The AZ DPS Air Rescue crew from Flagstaff flew the area and spotted the victim about 300 feet below the cliff he fell from. Due to the extremely rough terrain on the canyon floor the helicopter was not able to safely land at the location where the victim came to rest. A crew member described the victim as not moving and unresponsive. A second AZ DPS Air Rescue crew responded from Phoenix and was able to lower a DPS Technical Rescue Officer to the deceased victim’s location. The technician prepared the body for transport and they were flown out of the area utilizing the short haul method. The dog was found deceased approximately 10 feet from the victim’s location. The victim has been identified as 62 year old Glen Dickinson of Tucson, Arizona.
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Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089