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Services set for pair killed in Camelback fall

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Gary Johnstone was a 25-year veteran of firefighting. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) Gary Johnstone was a 25-year veteran of firefighting. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
Trevor Crouse Trevor Crouse
Johnstone was a longtime member of the Phoenix Fire Department Honor Guard. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) Johnstone was a longtime member of the Phoenix Fire Department Honor Guard. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
Phoenix firefighters and rescue crews work to rescue three people injured in a fall on Camelback Mountain on Friday. (Source: CBS 5 News) Phoenix firefighters and rescue crews work to rescue three people injured in a fall on Camelback Mountain on Friday. (Source: CBS 5 News)
A Phoenix fire truck sits in the parking lot at the trailhead for the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain. (Source: Todd Jackson / CBS 5 News) A Phoenix fire truck sits in the parking lot at the trailhead for the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain. (Source: Todd Jackson / CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Memorial services are planned this week for a teenage boy and a Phoenix firefighter who died while rappelling down Camelback Mountain on Friday. 

A service for Phoenix Fire Engineer Paramedic Gary Johnstone is planned for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Peoria Campus of Christ's Church of the Valley.

On Saturday, a service will be held to honor Trevor Crouse at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Parish at 2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle in Anthem.

Accounts have been set up under "We Care Anthem for the benefit of Gary Johnstone" and "We Care Anthem for the benefit of Trevor Crouse" at Mid First Bank. The account numbers are 2033008787 and 2033008795, respectively.

Crouse, 15, died Friday evening after being taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. He would have been attending Boulder Creek High School this past week.

Johnstone, 50, was rappelling with his son and two of his friends about 7 a.m. on a formation known as "Sugar Cube" when Johnstone and the two boys fell about 30 feet on the Echo Canyon Trail, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said.

Johnstone's son was not injured, Martos said.

The other boy, also 15, was in stable condition, Martos said.

Martos said police were still looking into what exactly caused the fall, but foul play was not suspected. He said all three fell at the same time.

Johnstone was a 15-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department, Deputy Fire Chief Shelly Jamison said. He spent 10 years with the Sun City Department.

Jamison said Johnstone played the bag pipes in the fire department's honor guard and was a member of the department's technical rescue team.

Ironically, Johnstone died in the type of incident to which he would have been called as a firefighter, Jamison said.

"Gary is our brother and he will be deeply missed," Jamison said.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesman confirmed the death just before 11:30 a.m.

The park and trail were closed to the public after the rescue operation as police investigated the incident, Martos said.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.

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