Lester P. Sweeney helped to save Steven A. Rivas from an impending rock fall, Blanding, Utah, September 24, 1974. In a remote area, Rivas, 23, was caught in a rock fall and pinned by a large boulder in a cave-like opening in the steep wall of a mesa. Among those who finally arrived to aid Rivas was Sweeney, 39, public lands area manager. Despite the threat of additional rock falls, Sweeney and other men worked carefully for nearly two hours in limited space, removing smaller rocks, administering oxygen to Rivas, and finally dislodging the confining boulder by means of a jack. Rivas recovered.
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