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Rescue worker shocked to learn that deceased rock climber is his former wife of 19 years

By Mason White 6:32 PM January 21, 2016
Susan Sarossy and Scott Hicks 

By: Mahesh Sarin
Rescue workers in New Mexico, were called after a woman fell while mountain climbing.

One of the members of the Santa Fe County Fire Department technical rescue team was Scott Hicks.

He was shocked to learn that the woman who fell while mountain climbing, is his former wife.

59-year-old Susan Sarossy was rock climbing in the Diablo Canyon, when she slipped and fell 175 feet.

When he arrived, Hicks heard another climber provide the woman’s address. He immediately recognized the address when he looked at the paper of the woman’s information and saw her name.

Hicks was married to Sarossy for 19 years before breaking up. The two have a 25-year-old daughter together. Sarossy also has a 41-year-old son from a previous marriage.

Sarossy was a social worker, Hicks said. Sarossy started rock climbing during their marriage, At the same time, he was learning high-angle techniques rescue, Hicks said.

Sarossy climbed the Canyon with about a half dozen others. Steven Reneau told officials that Sarossy was the last in the group and she was responsible for collecting the gear on her way down.

Reneau said that he was below Sarossy when she fell, but he was not sure what happened. It is possible that she was not properly anchored.