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Police Officer David Lee VanBuskirk | Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

Police Officer

David Lee VanBuskirk

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Monday, July 22, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 13 years, 9 months

Badge # 6482

Cause: Fall

Incident Date: 7/22/2013

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Police Officer Dave VanBuskirk died after falling during a nigh-time aerial rescue operation of a hiker on Mount Charleston.

The hiker had become disoriented and was stranded on a rock ledge near Mary Jane Falls. A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department helicopter located the hiker and lowered Officer VanBuskirk to the location.

Officer VanBuskirk, a member of the Search and Rescue Section, attached the hiker to the hoist. As the helicopter began to raise the two to the helicopter Officer VanBuskirk became detached from the line and fell to the canyon floor below.

Officer VanBuskirk had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife.

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I was in Vegas for training this week and missed you! You are thought about often and I wish you were still around for the email or phone call to ask questions and bounce ideas off. You were so giving and one of the greatest friends! I miss you daily!

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March 27, 2014

 

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