Trooper Aaron Beesley Utah Highway Patrol, Utah End of Watch: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Rescuer: Aarron Beesley, pictured, fell to his death from Mount Olympus in Salt Lake City, utah on SaturdayUtah Highway Patrol, Utah

Trooper Aaron Beesley

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
End of Watch: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Fall
Date of Incident: June 30, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Colonel Daniel Fuhr
Utah Highway Patrol
4501 South 2700 West
PO Box 141775
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 887-3800

Trooper Aaron Beesley died after falling from a cliff while performing a search and rescue mission in Salt Lake County.
Trooper Beesley, a tactical flight officer for the agency, had been assisting in the search for two missing teenage hikers along the Mount Olympus Trail. The helicopter located the two and Trooper Beesley was placed on the ground to assist them. As the the two were airlifted to safety Trooper Beesley was left at the scene.
When the helicopter returned to retrieve Trooper Beesley he could not be located. He was located at the bottom of a 90-foot cliff a short time later. Ground based rescue crews reached his location approximately 45 minutes later. It is believed he was attempting to retrieve a backpack when he fell from the trail.
Trooper Beesley had served with the Utah Highway Patrol for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

SALT LAKE CITY –  A 13-year veteran of the Utah Highway Patrol fell to his death from a 90-foot cliff Saturday while rescuing two teenagers on Mount Olympus.

Fox 13 reports 34-year-old Aaron Beesley fell while participating in an aerial search and rescue mission for two teenage hikers on the Mount Olympus trail.

Aerial crews located and rescued the two teenagers, and Beesley was left to wait at the top of the mountain until the crews could return for him.

Officials tell Fox 13 they believe Beesley may have dropped his pack and when he went to retrieve it, lost his footing and plunged the 90 feet to his death.

Rescue crews found Beesley about 45 minutes later at the bottom of the cliff.

“The trooper died while engaged in a heroic effort to save two individuals,” UPD Sheriff James Winder tells Fox 13.

Beesley leaves behind a wife and three children, a 7-year-old and 5-year-old twin boys.



A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was killed Saturday during a search and rescue operation on the Mount Olympus Trail.

Aaron Beesley, a UHP tactical flight officer, died when he apparently fell from a cliff, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said.Winder said a rescue call was received at 4:30 p.m., asking assistance for two teenage boys who had become stuck at the top of Mount Olympus. A UHP helicopter responded carrying the pilot, a Unified Police Department officer and Beesley.

The chopper landed and Beesley stayed on the mountain so the two teens could be transported to safety.

When the chopper returned, Winder said, the pilot could not locate Beesley and then saw him at the foot of a cliff, where he had fallen.

After determining Beesley was deceased, a rescue crew was brought in to retrieve his body. Ultimately, a Life Flight helicopter with a hoist was used to remove the body from the mountain.

Winder said five members of the rescue crew were staying on the mountain overnight due to darkness and will be removed from the mountain Sunday.

The sheriff said Beesley, 34, had been with UHP for 13 years. He lived in Bear River City and was married with three sons.

Preliminary indications Beesley may have fallen when he was trying to retrieve a pack of equipment that had fallen, Winder said.


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