LOGAN, Ohio (WDTN) - A Centerville man died when he fell from a cliff while rappelling in southeastern Ohio over the weekend.
Pete Livingston, 52, a Boy Scout volunteer, died in the fall Saturday in Hocking Hills State Forest near Logan, according to the The Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Livingston, who would've turned 53 Tuesday, was with a Venturing Crew and was rappelling at about 5 p.m. Saturday in the rock-climbing area of the park when he fell from the top of a 130-foot cliff.
It was the second fatal fall in the park so far this year. Investigators are still looking into what caused the fall.
In light of the incident, 2 NEWS asked the Boy Scouts Miami Valley Council about the safety of its Venturing Crews, which involve high adventure trips and include those ages 14 to 20.
"With most of the activities of scouting safety is a primary concern that we have," says Doug Nelson, Scout Executive with the Miami Valley Council. "So we have extensive training and orientation programs."
He tells us the council will look closely at the fall to see if any of its safety rules need to be changed.
"I think anytime there's this type of incident I think it's wise to review what happened and see what you can do to prevent it in the future," Nelson says.
When Livingston wasn't outdoors he was at the Dayton Business Technology High School where he taught math with a twist.
"Phenomenal math teacher," says Principal Phillitia Charlton. "Really caring and supportive. Did a lot of projects with the students. Brought in the things he loved and turned them into assignments for the staff."
Someone was on hand at the school to help students deal with the loss.
For the seniors Monday night is graduation. They'll be missing more than just a math teacher.
"He went well beyond just being their teacher," Charlton says. "He was a mentor a friend and a role model for them."
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