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Tragedy brings Viewmont High School classmates together — nearly 30 years later

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Cori Behrends, Susan Tolman, and Joy Naegle look at high school yearbooks from their time at Viewmont High School (Photo: Daniel Kovach / KUTV)

(KUTV) As a West Bountiful woman recovers from London's terror attack, she's getting some support from friends she first made 30 years ago.

High school friends and classmates of Melissa Cochran are coming together to help her recover from last month’s London terror attack that injured her and killed her husband.

“Once a Viking, always a Viking,” said Susan Tolman, referring to Viewmont High School in Bountiful, where she graduated with Melissa in 1989. “Let’s come together and help out our friend.”

Tolman hadn’t seen Melissa since graduating 28 years ago. She was stunned to hear news of what happened.

“There was just something in me that just hit me,” Tolman said. “I want to help. I want to do something.”

So the Vikings class of ’89 is reuniting for a week of fundraising for their classmate. Starting Monday, certain restaurants will donate part of their sales to Melissa Cochran. This will culminate in a big raffle May 1 at Pizza Pie Café in Bountiful.

The owner, John Richardson, also went to school with Melissa.

“I hope at least from this, if nothing else, that she knows there's people that care for her,” Richardson said.

“I would love to give her a big hug one day soon,” Tolman added, “and just let her know we're here for her.”

The following is a list of participating restaurants:

  • Monday & Tuesday April 24 & 25 — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Chili's at the Centerville & Layton locations only
  • Monday April 24 — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Chick-Fil-A Centerville location
  • Thursday April 27 — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in Centerville
  • Monday May 1 — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Raffle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) — Pizza Pie Cafe in Bountiful

You can also find more information about the fundraisers here.