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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: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 13 years, 9 months

Badge # 6482

Cause: Fall

Incident Date: 7/22/2013

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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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Heroes are never forgotten. Thank you for you selfless and dedicated service to protecting the citizens of Las Vegas, Officer VanBuskirk.

Taylor Ramerth
Citizen of Chandler, Arizona, and supporter of law enforcement
July 23, 2016

 

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