Utah Highway Patrolman Aaron Beesley was successful in his last mission as a tactical flight officer in a search and rescue operation, which resulted in finding and saving two teenagers.
The two unnamed teens were found and airlifted to safety, while Officer Beesley was left on the Mount Olympus Trail
to await the return of the helicopter, which was being used in the operation.
On returning to the scene of the successful rescue operation, Officer Beesley was not found at the site, he was instead found 60 feet below, where he apparently fell. It is believed he fell after dropping his pack and trying to retrieve it from a lower level.
On finally reaching Beesley 45 minutes later, he was found unresponsive, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The thirteen year veteran patrolman leaves behind a wife and three children, ages seven, and twins who are five, as reported by Fox 13 SLC