Police Officer Ryan Jay Cunningham

Police Officer Ryan Jay Cunningham

Vail Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, May 6, 2001

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Ryan Jay Cunningham

Officer Ryan Cunningham was killed after falling from a 60-foot highway overpass while avoiding being struck by a semi.

He and another officer were investigating an accident at 5 am on I-70 at Vail Pass, which was icy at the time. The two officers ran to the shoulder of the overpass as a tractor-trailer lost control to avoid being hit. Officer Cunningham jumped over the rail and fell to the ground below. The other officer, who stayed on the bridge, was uninjured.

Officer Cunningham had served with the Vail Police Department for 16 months. He is survived by his wife and infant daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge 204

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

accident investigation, weather

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My apologies go out to the friend and family of Ryan and his fellow colleagues. May he rest in peace.

Student at MCHS

January 18, 2023

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