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(CNN) — With a truck dangling over the edge of an Idaho canyon, Jason Warnock sprang into action this week, climbing up a cliff face to pull the driver out.

The only thing holding the SUV from a 30-foot drop was a chain-link fence it was entangled in above Bryden Canyon Road in Lewiston.

The driver, 23-year-old Matthew Sitko, was battered and frantic after his GMC Yukon left the roadway, crashed through a yard and came to rest on the canyon’s edge, Lewiston police said.

Warnock pulled Sitko to safety through the truck’s open passenger-side window and then disappeared shortly after Wednesday’s incident.

For a day, Warnock was a mystery good Samaritan until a picture of the dramatic rescue appeared in the local paper, The Lewiston Morning Tribune.

He later said he was working at the time of the accident and was trying to avoid attention.

“The Lewiston Police Department would like to thank Jason Warnock for his quick and decisive actions in helping Mr. Sitko and preventing the situation from worsening,” said Roger Lanier, the interim police chief.