Trooper who fell to death 'served with honor'

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley was killed during a search-and-rescue operation after apparently losing his footing and falling approximately 60 feet

By Jared Page
Deseret News

FARMINGTON, Utah — Arik Beesley was expecting a call Saturday night from his older brother and Utah Department of Public Safety colleague.

It was common for trooper Aaron Beesley to call after returning from a mission like the one that afternoon when a pair of teenage hikers were stranded on Mount Olympus. "Last night, I got the wrong phone call," Arik Beesley said.

Like so many times before, Aaron Beesley put his life on the line to assist those in life-threatening situations. That part the mission was a success; both hikers made it home safely. Beesley did not.

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