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Arden died May 11, 1966, on a practice jump near Fairbanks. He had hung up a few feet off the ground and opted to drop the distance rather than do a letdown. A suspension line had hung under his helmet and strangled him.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Davis, Arden (Fairbanks 1964)" (2002). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1320.