Off-Duty Phoenix Firefighter Dies in Climbing Accident

Officials say an off-duty firefighter was killed in a rappelling accident Friday morning on Camelback Mountain, reports (

The firefighter, Gary Johnstone, was one of three men who had fallen about 30 feet while rappelling near the Echo Canyon trail.

Earlier, a Phoenix Fire spokesman said two men were taken to a hospital with critical injuries. A third man had minor injuries.

Firefighters climbed about 200 yards above the Echo Canyon trailhead in response to the call of three injured people around 7 a.m., according to Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan.


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