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Nev. Officer Dies In Fall During Copter Rescue

July 23, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Metro PD.
Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Metro PD.
A Las Vegas Metro Police officer died Monday during a search-and-rescue mission while attempting to save a hiker trapped on Mount Charleston.

At some point during the helicopter-assisted rescue, Officer David Vanbuskirk fell to his death. The officers were using the helicopter to hoist the hiker to safety from an area that was too difficult to reach by foot.

Vanbuskirk, 36, was a member of the department's Search and Rescue Unit. He had served the agency since 1999, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Search and Rescue, Las Vegas Metro PD

Comments (8)

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EyeofaTiger @ 7/23/2013 3:38 PM

STUPID HIKERS, always putting themselves or someone else in danger.
I rather the hiker died, then the police officer.

Evan @ 7/23/2013 4:51 PM

Rest in Peace Brother we got it from here.

gp cobb @ 7/23/2013 4:52 PM

EyeofaTiger: you said it all.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/23/2013 9:18 PM

I agree with EyeofaTiger.

Renee @ 7/24/2013 3:46 AM

Totally agree with EyeofaTiger on this one!

TERRY F. ZECH(ret) VAPD @ 7/24/2013 5:14 AM

Rest in peace Officer Vanbuskrik. My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold.

Steve Imes @ 7/24/2013 7:38 AM

I disagree with EyeofaTiger. You devalue the sacrfice of Officer Vanbuskirk when you trash the hiker. Officers constantly go to the assistance of those who, for whatever reason, are in trouble; that is what we do! The officer's family and friends should not be left with the impression that he lost his life for nothing. Thank you Officer Vanbuskirk and your family for the honorable way you served and your sacrfice.

Jim Cox @ 7/27/2013 4:53 PM

Rest in peace my brother!

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