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-feet highway overpass while avoiding being struck by a semi.

He and another officer were investigating an accident at 0500 hours 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 been employed 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

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How can it be possible that 20 years have passed….everything about you is still so vivid in my mind.

Your smile, your laugh, your dedication to your fellow officers and your community.

All my love to you and Brad and Robyn….save a place for me.

Former Officer/CEO Jackie Ogden
Vail Police Dept

July 22, 2021

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