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Illinois man dies in 500-foot fall at Grand Canyon days before the beginning of his dream job as a nurse

Andrey Privin, of Buffalo Grove, died 3 July after a fall of 500 feet on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

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A 24-year-old Illinois man died last week after a fall in the neighborhood of a position in the Grand Canyon National Park, authorities said on Monday.

Andrey Privin, of Buffalo Grove, died 3 July after a fall of 500 meters on the south side of the park, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Park officials said the rangers initially responded to reports that a visitor, who was later identified as Privin, lost his foot after climbing over a fence at a viewpoint in the near Mather Point.

On may 15, 2016: Andrey Privin after graduating from Loyola University.

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Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski told the National Parks Traveler that, “While the incident is still under investigation, I can share that it is most likely he got a backpack for a better mobility.”

The tragic death of a young man came just a few days before he was set to begin his dream job as a nurse at Highland Park Hospital.

“I can honestly say that I never wanted anything as much as I wanted to be a nurse,” Privin wrote in a Facebook post of April, celebrates the completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “I am very proud to answer the call to serve.”

“I can honestly say that I never wanted anything as much as I wanted to be a nurse … I am very proud to answer the call to serve.”

– Andrey Privin,

A spokeswoman for NorthShore University Health System told the Tribune that the Privin the first day on the job would have been of 9 July and that he had previously worked in the hospital as a patient care technician.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our dear colleague and friend Andrey Privin. He was beloved by his patients and colleagues, and enjoyed a reputation of always going above and beyond to make a significant impact on the lives of people,” a declaration of NorthShore University Health System read. “We offer our sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Privin family cover the funeral expenses. The family has collected more than $11,000 in donations – short of the $ 12,000 that they are looking for.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Privin family cover the funeral expenses. The family has collected more than $11,000 in donations – short of the $ 12,000 that they are looking for.

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Friends, colleagues and teachers have since their shared memories of Privin. Martha Sussman, a colleague at the hospital, told the Daily Herald in Illinois that “He was very good with his patients, very dedicated. A very intelligent young man.”

Andrey was a genuine warmth about him. You came away from spending time with him feeling rejuvenated, understood, and the full, instead of exhausted,” said a good friend Steve Huber.

Sindi Smith, a teacher who taught Privin in Buffalo Grove High School, told the Tribune, that he was an exemplary student who “worked hard” but also “silly and had a lot of fun.”

“During the school year the class goes on field trips, notice a open heart surgery, and visit a cadaver lab, so that students can see if they want to pursue a career in the healthcare field. By the end of the year, ” Andrey told me that he decided that he wanted to become a nurse,” she recalled the moment Privin found his dream job.

Andrey was a really nice guy who was always so positive and not afraid to tell people that he loved them,” she added. “There is a big hole that he left behind.”

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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