Officer / Paramedic Bruce Wesley Harrolle

Officer / Paramedic Bruce Wesley Harrolle

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, October 13, 2008

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Bruce Wesley Harrolle

Officer/Paramedic Bruce Harrolle was killed while performing a rescue of two stranded hikers.

At about 2:40 p.m. the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Ranger Helicopter, based in Flagstaff, responded to a request from the Sedona Fire Department and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a search and rescue mission of two stranded and dehydrated hikers on Bear Mountain in the Bell Rock area. At about 3:18 p.m., Officer/Paramedic Harolle had loaded one hiker and was escorting the second patient into the helicopter when he was struck by the helicopter's rotor blades and fatally injured.

Both hikers were flown to safety.

Officer/Paramedic Harrolle had served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for nine years. He is survived by his wife, two young children, and parents.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5669

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

search and rescue

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Today is the 14th anniversary of Bruce’s tragic death. Let’s remember him today, and every day. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Officer Frank Scaglione (RET)
Dallas Center PD

October 13, 2022

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