Piestewa body recovery: 54-year-old man collapses, dies while hiking with co-workers

PHOENIX - A 54-year-old man collapsed and died while hiking on Piestewa Peak in Phoenix.

A retired criminal justice detective was hiking along the Summit Trail with co-workers visiting from New Jersey Sunday morning when he suffered a medical episode and died, according to a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman.

Witnesses surrounded the man and tried to perform CPR until paramedics arrived, according to Phoenix Fire.

The man died at the scene.

Authorities then began a recovery operation to remove the victim's body from the trail.

The victim's name and medical condition were not immediately released.

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