SEDONA, AZ — An officer and medic for the Arizona Department of Public Safety
was killed during a mountain rescue in Sedona on Monday afternoon.
A DPS helicopter team was called to Bear Mountain to rescue two stranded hikers about 4 p.m.
One of the hikers had already gotten aboard the helicopter.
DPS Officer Bruce Harrolle, 36, of Mesa
was escorting the second patient into the chopper when he was struck by one of the helicopter's rotor blades and fatally injured.
Both hikers were flown to safety.
Investigators from the department and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
have begun conducting an investigation into Harrolle's death.
Harrolle is a nine-year veteran with DPS and he leaves behind a wife and two young children. He was based out of Flagstaff
All officers assigned to DPS helicopter teams are medics also.
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