Police Officer Dies While Trying To Rescue Stranded Hiker

LAS VEGAS (July 23, 2013)--A Las Vegas police officer died in a fall while trying to rescue a stranded hiker on Mt. Charleston northwest of the city.

Officers were sent at around 9 p.m. Monday to an area just above Mary Jane Falls.

Las Vegas police assistant sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the area was too difficult to access by foot, so rescuers used a helicopter to hoist the hiker to safety.

The officer became separated from the hiker at some point during the rescue and fell from a cliff.

Lombardo didn't say how far the officer fell.

The officer’s name was not immediately released.

Lombardo said federal and local authorities will investigate.

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