July 2, 2012

Aaron Beesley - Law Enforcement - Utah

Trooper Aaron Beesley, age 34, of Bear River City, died in the line of duty on June 30, 2012, in Salt Lake County, Utah.

Aaron was a member of the Utah Highway Patrol. He had 13 years of service in Davis, Weber and Box Elder Counties.  Most recently, he had been working as the tactical flight officer in helicopters. 

He died after falling from a cliff while performing a search and rescue mission. He had been assisting in the search for two missing teenage hikers along the Mount Olympus Trail. The rescue 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. 
Angel Moroni, pray
for Aaron

Family members stated that Aaron performed his duties with professionalism and that they are proud of him. They describe him as a brilliant, young man. They also stated that he was highly mechanically and computer-inclined and was always fixing things. 

Police officials describe Aaron as one of their finest. 

He had served as a missionary for the Latter Day Saints from 1997 to 1999 in California. 

Aaron is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his mother, Laretta Beesley; father Robert Beesley; sister, Angela Rice; brother, Arik Beesley; his wife, Kristie and their 3 sons - Austin, Derek and Preston.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray that Aaron Beesley is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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