Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer David Lee VanBuskirk

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Reflections for Police Officer David Lee VanBuskirk

Place a light in your window, make sure it is blue
Reminding friends, an officer gave a life for you
Give light to their remembrance, the color is sad
To family left by officers who knew them as Dad
It isn't the money, most definitely not the hours
They aren't comic book hero’s with unnatural powers
They're simply human beings who place life on the line
Place a blue light in your window, let their memory shine!
by Gene Rooney November 29th,2007

Michael Bundy
Friend of Law Enforcement

July 23, 2013

RIP brother.


July 23, 2013

I first met Dave at a CMC rescue class in '09. He talked me into joining LVMPDSAR as a volunteer and we had great times together. Thank you Dave for being a mentor and a friend, may GOD welcome you to his kingdom with open arms. I will always keep you and your family in my prayers. Until we meet again....

Patrol Officer
Henderson Police Department/Former SAR volunteer SR206

July 23, 2013

May God give you peace and comfort to his family, friends, and fellow officers. Rest in peace brother.

Jan Taylor, Det, Retired
Dallas P. D.

July 23, 2013

Bravery,Courage,Strength...That's why God chose you.
RIP Brother. God will comfort.

Police Specialist Michael A. Tackema
Fayetteville,NC PD

July 23, 2013

RIP thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of the LVMPD during this most difficult and tragic time....

Lt. Joseph Ward
Jackson, NJ PD

July 23, 2013

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service.

Ofc. O. A. Olasokan
NYS University Police at SUNY Maritime College

July 23, 2013

RIP Brother prayers are with your family and Department.

Sgt. Chris L. Corteville (Ret)
berrien County Sheriff, St Joseph, Michigan

July 23, 2013

Heroes live forever. Prayers to family and friends.

Team Texas

July 23, 2013

You died doing what you loved to do. God bless you and your family and all your friends and coworkers You will be missed

Patrolman Paul Hartranft
Westlake ohio police department

July 23, 2013

Avenue of the Fallen

Standing at attention in their class “A“ uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement. All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others, they welcome you to this wonderful place. As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say its ok you’re with your eternal partners. A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home.

A brother law enforcement officer

Sheriff Jim Weaver (Ret.) LAPD (Ret.)
Jerome County, Idaho (Ret.)

July 23, 2013

Rest in Peace Sir!

Anonymous #917

July 23, 2013

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well

Reserve Deputy Douglas J. Maykowski
Macomb County Sheriff Mt. Clemens Michigan

July 23, 2013

Rest in Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

July 23, 2013

Rest In Peace Brother David

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant MA PD

July 23, 2013

You died with your boots on, helping your fellow man.

Angels really do wear olive drab.


July 23, 2013

Rest in Peace Officer Vanbuskirk. My condolences to his family and the entire police department.

Lisa Adams
Private Citizen

July 23, 2013

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Police Officer David Vanbuskirk as well as to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Rest in peace Officer Vanbuskirk, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

July 23, 2013

Rest in peace

Maureen Rolniak

July 23, 2013

Rest In Peace Sir!!! My deepest condolences go out to Officer Vanbuskirk"s family and friends as well as the entire Las Vegas Metro Police Department! Another brother pulled from the Thin Blue Line...

Deputy Michael Matranga
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Lake Forest Police Services
Motor Unit

July 23, 2013

Officer Vanbuskirk, your sacrafice with not be forgotten. You are a true hero. God bless and keep you and your family. Rest with God and watch over us as we continue the fight.

Ofc. Brent Wagner
Henderson Police Dept. Nevada

July 23, 2013

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.

“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.

Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

July 23, 2013

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

July 23, 2013

Rest in Peace OFC. Vanbuskirk. I will be praying for your family as this hits home for me as we had the same amount of time on the job. You are a hero. Your memory will live on for ever. Protect us from up in heaven.

CPL. Charles A. Snyder
Frederick Police Department

July 23, 2013

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your many years of service and for the sacrifice to save another. Your example of heroism will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Vanbuskirk during this time of tragic loss.

Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) Sheriff's Dept

July 23, 2013

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