Rhode Island pastor killed on Longs Peak
July 19, 2010
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) – A Rhode Island pastor killed after falling in Rocky Mountain National Park leaves behind two small children and a brother who was camping nearby, authorities said.
Jeffrey Rosinski fell between 250 to 300 feet on a treacherous stretch of Longs Peak sometime Thursday night. The 29-year-old’s body was discovered early Friday by another hiker along the Keyhole Route at about 13,000 feet in elevation.
The hiker who discovered the body, 22-year-old Corbin Mabon of Colorado Springs, told The Denver Post that he had to tell the dead pastor’s brother about the accident.
“I felt really, really, really sorry for his brother,” Mabon said.
The National Park Service reports that about one person a year dies climbing Longs Peak. Mabon said conditions on Longs Peak were so gusty that he crawled to the summit, afraid he’d be blown over if he stood upright.
According to The Providence (R.I.) Journal, Rosinski was married with a 2-year-old son and an eight-month-old daughter.
Rosinski was associate pastor at the Kings Grant Fellowship Church in Portsmouth. His father, Robert, is senior pastor there.
Jeffrey Rosinski was also a clinician at Rhode Island Hospital.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com