West Point cadet candidate falls to his death
WEST POINT, N.Y. — West Point officials are praising a cadet candidate who tumbled to his death over the weekend.
Police say Benjamin Bochtler fell at a popular cliff-diving spot in New York’s Catskill Mountains Saturday.
He was hanging from a rock ledge that gave way at a swimming hole known as Fawn’s Leap.
20-year-old Bochtler was attending the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in West Point, New York.
Before that, he was an Army drone operator who served in Afghanistan.
A West Point commander says Bochtler was everybody’s friend at the school and was a tremendous example to fellow cadet candidates.