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Hiker finds Utah ranger who died of heart attack

The 16-year veteran is survived by his wife and parents

Duty Death: Park Ranger Chris Nickel - [United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, Utah]


By PoliceOne Staff

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — Park Ranger Chris Nickel suffered a fatal heart attack while patrolling the Square Tower Ruin Trail at Hovenweep National Monument in San Juan County, Utah.

A hiker discovered Ranger Nickel collapsed on the trail and immediately rushed to the visitor center to request assistance. Paramedics from Colorado, Utah and a medical helicopter from New Mexico responded but Ranger Nickel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ranger Nickel had served with the National Park Service for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and parents.

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