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Friends, family remember officer paramedic who died saving hikers

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SEDONA, Ariz. -

Four years ago a call for help went out to the Arizona Department of Public Service to rescue two stranded hikers.

Those hikers were safely rescued, but in the process, air rescue paramedic Bruce Harrolle lost his life.

On Oct. 13, as they do every year,  friends and family gathered at Bear Mountain to honor Bruce Harrolle.

Bruce Harrolle had flown with the DPS Ranger crew the evening of Oct. 13th to rescue two hikers who had become stranded and dehydrated.

While escorting one of the hikers, a blade from the helicopter struck and killed him.

His wife Angela, their two young children and an entire community mourned the loss of a man who lived his dream to be a first responder and rescuer.

Bruce Harrolle's two children, his wife Angela and his brother joined dozens of members of the DPS family Saturday to hike Bear Mountain where he died.

DPS Air Ranger performed a flyover to salute Bruce.

This is the fourth year of the hike; a painful yet important day for Bruce Harrolle's friends and family who want his life and his sacrifice to never be forgotten.

His DPS colleagues said this hike is about something different to each person who takes part.

They also do it honor Bruce and to give  his young children a special message about their father.

"This helps to reinforce to them the type of person he was, that we can get 25 to 30 people to hike up in memory of their dad and for them to hear the stories and the things that are said about him," said Russ Dodge, a DPS officer paramedic.

Dodge said it's also a reminder to the community at large what these first responders are risking every day.

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