Boulder police officer dies in fall in Rocky Mountain National Park.
A Boulder police officer died Thursday in a fall in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Ashley Haarmann, 35, who has been with the department for about 18 months, died in a fall from a “treacherous” mountain trail, according to a news release.
“Our Department is again mourning the loss of a friend, coworker and dedicated public servant,” said Chief Maris Herold. “Ashley was doing something she loved yesterday, and though it’s not much, I hope we can take some solace in that.”
Her body was recovered Thursday just west of Martha’s Couloir on Mount Lady Washington, park officials said.
RMNP Search and Rescue team members arrived on scene, by ground, at about 4:45 p.m. and were aided by a Mesa Verde Interagency Helitak crew, assigned to the Morgan Creek Fire near Steamboat Springs.
Haarmann fell about 200 feet, officials said. Emergency responders were notified by a family member. At about 8:15 p.m. Thursday her body was flown to the Upper Beaver Meadows helipad and then taken to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.
Her death is under investigation, per standard protocol, park officials said. Haarmann’s body was recovered from the mountain draped in an American flag at the behest of the sheriff’s office.
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