UHP trooper dies in fall
UHP Trooper Aaron Beesley
Aaron Beesley, a 13-year veteran Utah Highway Patrol trooper and Bear River City resident, fell to his death during a rescue mission on the Mount Olympus Trail near Salt Lake City.
Lt. Justin Hoyal with the Unified Police, said a call was received from two teenagers about 4:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon. They had become stuck in a rugged cliff area without appropriate climbing gear. Hoyal said a UHP helicopter was brought in to help with the search and Beesley was the technical flight officer on that helicopter.
The two hikers were located about 6:30 p.m., and loaded into the helicopter. To accommodate the additional passengers, Beesley stayed behind. When the pilot returned to pick up Beesley, he could not be located. A search was conducted and a short time later his body was discovered at the bottom of a cliff.
Hoyal said more personnel arrived on scene and rescuers had to repel down the cliff area to get to Trooper Beesley.
Because of the dangerous mountain terrain, his body had to be hoisted up by helicopter.
Hoyal said the investigation into Beesley’s death is continuing but it appears he may have been trying to retrieve his medical bag and lost his footing.
Beesley, 34, leaves behind a wife and three children. a seven-year-old and twin five-year-olds.
Beesley had previously worked for UHP in Box Elder County and was also the assistant fire chief in Corinne, a role he had filled for the past three years, half of the six years he had been with the department.
Chief Clint Norman said his loss is huge to the Corinne department, not only for the skill and knowledge Beesley had, but also for his support and 100 percent commitment to the crew.
“He was a good person,” Norman said. “He would do anything for anyone and always looked out for everyone. There is not another person like him.”
Norman, who was also a close personal friend to Beesley, said he will be missed. “I know we will never be able to fill his shoes.”
See full obituary page A5.