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Boy, 14, who died in accident at Utah Boy Scout camp is identified

Published July 10, 2013 8:37 pm

Central Utah • Bruce "Rocky" Rhiddlehoover was run over by trailer.
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A 14-year-old boy from Cedar Hills died Tuesday after being run over by a trailer at a Boy Scout camp in central Utah.

Bruce "Rocky" Rhiddlehoover was working as a volunteer at Tifie Scout Camp when he died Tuesday, confirmed Dan Gallup, a member of the Cedar Hills LDS Stake Presidency and spokesman for the boy's family.

Rhiddlehoover was helping clean up and haul trash at Tifie Scout Camp at the Mountain Dell Scout Ranch around 8 p.m. Tuesday when he apparently slipped or fell under the wheels of the trailer, which was being pulled by a pickup, said Sanpete County sheriff's Deputy Mark Lambert.

Several hundred Scouts remained at the camp on Wednesday and the BSA reportedly was bringing in grief counselors to help any boys struggling with the tragedy, according to David Pack, Scout Executive/CO at Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Pack said Rhiddlehoover was "an excellent scout," was close to earning Eagle Scout status, and had recently begun training as a camp counselor.

"He was in what we call our 'counselor-in-training' program," Pack said. "The accident occurred while he was doing regular staff duty, helping clean up trash around the camp."

Pack confirmed that the boy died at the scene of the accident after repeated efforts to revive him, including CPR by both camp staffers and Sanpete County emergency medical responders.

"He was a wonderful young man," Gallup said. "He was just always very inclusive, pulling other young men around him in and helping them to feel like they're part of the group."

In addition to scouting, Rhiddlehoover "loved music" and was learning to play the trumpet and tenor saxophone. He excelled in science and math classes, Gallup said.

Rhiddlehoover completed eighth grade in the spring at Mountain Ridge Junior High School in Highland. His parents are Bruce and Janice Rhiddlehoover; he has 11 adult siblings, Gallup said.

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Twitter: @remims The funeral for Bruce "Rocky" Rhiddlehoover is scheduled for Monday at the LDS Cedar Hills Utah Stake Center, 3950 W Cedar Hills Drive. A viewing will take place 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m. Internment will be at American Fork Cemetery; Warenski Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The family is accepting donations to the Rocky Rhiddlehoover Memorial Fund at Mountain America Credit Union. Proceeds will go toward finishing Rhiddlehoover's Eagle Scout project: school kits for needy children in Chad.