Family says former RMNP park ranger died while climbing
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DENVER (AP) -
The Latest on the death of former Rocky Mountain National Park ranger Jim Detterline (all times local):
The family of a former Rocky Mountain National Park climbing ranger and respected mountain rescue specialist says he has died in a climbing accident.
The body of 60-year-old Jim Detterline was found Tuesday outside Allenspark, where he lived. Vanessa Polcari, a family friend who is speaking for the family, said Friday Detterline was climbing at the time.
Authorities say he had major injuries that appeared to be from a fall.
Detterline was a park ranger from 1987 to 2009, including a stint as supervisory climbing ranger.
He received the U.S. Interior Department's Valor Award for helping rescue two people from a frigid river in the park in 1995. Officials say he waded into the river to keep the victims from being washed over a waterfall while other rangers set up rescue gear.
Authorities say a former Rocky Mountain National Park ranger who participated in multiple rescues on Longs Peak, the park's highest mountain, has died.
The Boulder County Coroner's Office said Friday that 60-year-old Jim Detterline's body was found Tuesday outside Allenspark, where he lived. The cause of death hasn't been released, but the sheriff's department says Detterline was wearing climbing gear and was lying between large rock formations when he was found.
Tom Hornbein, one of the first people to ascend Mount Everest, was a close friend of Detterline's and called him a meticulous climber, a caring person and a skilled rescuer.
Hornbein says Detterline was passionate about Longs Peak and ascended it more than 400 times.