News Story


Santa Susana Park - Deputies Save Rock Climber's Life
3/27/2014 9:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Deputies Save Rock Climbing Victim's Life


Santa Susana Park, Simi Valley, California

Date & Time:

March 26, 2014  @ 10:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Moorpark Station

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Bill Coleman

Simi Valley



While on patrol in the Santa Susana area of Simi Valley, Deputies John Eisenhard and Scott Horswill located fall victim Bill Coleman who had fallen almost 60 feet during a rock climbing accident.  The deputies located Coleman's unoccupied vehicle parked in Santa Susana Park.  Suspicious of the unattended car, the deputies began to search the area and located the victim in serious condition after a fall at the bottom of a 60 foot rock face.  Coleman stated he had been at the location for a 'night time rock climb' and fell.

The deputies provided initial medical treatment to stabilize Coleman prior to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel's' arrival.  He was later transported to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks.  EMS personnel on scene advised the deputies that Coleman could have succumbed to his multiple injuries without their intervention, medical stabilization and treatment.


Prepared by:

Sr. Dep. Beat Coordinator Bob Berger


Media Release Date:

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sr. Dep. Beat Coordinator Bob Berger   (805) 299-1405


Approved by:

Stephen Wade, Captain