|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1978|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 2012|
Salt Lake County
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.
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UHP trooper killed during search and rescue operation
By Jessica Miller
| The Salt Lake Tribune, First Published Jun 30 2012 11:44 pm • Last Updated Jul 01 2012 12:09 am
First Published Jun 30 2012 11:44 pm • Last Updated Jul 01 2012 12:09 am
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.
Aaron Robert Beesley
BEAR RIVER CITY - Aaron Robert Beesley passed away on June 30, 2012. He passed away in the line of duty doing what he loved and following his dream in a search and rescue operation for the Utah Highway Patrol.
He was born on January 26, 1978 in Ogden, Utah to Robert and Laretta Hancock Beesley. He graduated from Northridge High School and LDS Seminary.
Aaron was an Eagle Scout. He loved amateur radio and obtained his license in his early teens using it to help during races and rescues with communication.
Aaron served an LDS mission in Oakland, California. When he returned home, he attended the Police Academy at Weber State University. After graduation he was hired as a trooper for the Utah Highway Patrol.
He married Kristie Dyer in the Ogden Temple and they have three young sons; Austin, Derek, and Preston. He lived in Bear River City and was a member of the Bear River City 1st Ward.
Aaron loved his job as a trooper and he also loved being on the Corrine Fire Dept. His dream was to fly and he spent many days in the air with the Aero Bureau helping to save others. He was brilliant in technology and loved serving others.
He is survived by his wife and sons of Bear River City. His parents of Clinton; Siblings: Adam, (Rebecca), Angela (Brian) Rice, Arik (Julianne), Allison (Joseph) Camacho. In-laws Kelly and Sandra Dyer, Brian (Heather), Brandon, Kamie (Colton) Ottley, Blake and Brett and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 2 nieces.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday July 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Northridge High School, 2430 North Hill Field Road, Layton, Utah. Viewings will be Friday night, July 6 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. at Northridge High School.
Burial will be at the West Point Cemetery, 40 North 4000 West, West Point, Utah.
A Memorial fund is set up in Aaron Beesley's name at America First Credit Union.
Arrangements under the direction of Myers Mortuary.
West Point Cemetery
Created by: Don Atwell
Record added: Jul 01, 2012
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