Classic Air awards Marland Billie

From left to right, Trooper Jacob Perger, Trooper Sgt. Mike Wischmann, Marland Billie, Richard Leightner, Matt Stein, and Jason Cole. Photo by Bob Hembree/Lake Powell Chronicle.

An Arizona Department of Transportation employee on Jan. 2, 2020, was performing routine sign maintenance. That morning, at about 9 a.m., a driver and four passengers were traveling southbound on U.S. Route 89A, near Cliff Dwellers Stone House. They crashed into a ravine. Four hours later, trooper Jacob Perger received a call about an unknown injury collision at milepost 548. “An ADOT worker (Marland Billie) was informed by a UPS driver there was a car in a ravine off the side of the road,” Perger said.

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