Boulder Police Officer Ashley Haarmann dies whereas climbing in Rocky Mountain Nationwide Park – CBS Denver
BOULDER, color (CBS4) – A 35-year-old Boulder police officer was killed Thursday when she fell while on an off duty hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Ashley Haarmann had worked for the Boulder Police Department for about a year and a half.
It happened that afternoon on the south face of Mount Lady Washington, west of Martha’s Couloir. Park officials said Haarmann was apparently killed in a “fall” from around 60 meters.
Haarmann was a resident of Loveland.
Boulder police said in a press release that Chief Maris Herold had sent staff from her department to the park after they were informed of the tragedy. The staff “made sure Officer Haarmann was covered with the American flag until she was escorted to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.”
Earlier this year, a Boulder police officer was killed trying to stop an active shooter at a grocery store in King Soopers. With the news of Haarmann’s death, Herold said her department mourned “again for a friend, employee and committed official”.
Herold said that Haarmann “did something yesterday that she loved, and although it’s not much, I hope we can take some comfort in it.”
Mount Lady Washington is on the east side of the national park and is 13,281 feet high. A volunteer died there in 2017 while hiking.