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SAR Ofcr. David Vanbuskirk, Las Vegas MPD, NV; EOW: Monday, 07-22-2013

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Las Vegas MPD SAR Officer David Vanbuskirk
Mount Charleston

Nevada
End of Watch: Monday July 22, 2013


 


Age: 36
Tour of Duty: 13 Years, 9 Months
Badge Number: 6482


Cause: Fall From Helicopter During Rescue Mission
Incident Date:  Monday July 22, 2013
Weapon: Not Applicable
Suspects: Not Applicable


 


Metro Police Officer David Vanbuskirk died following a rescue at Mount Charleston. As part of Metro's Search and Rescue team, he was called to the Mary Jane Falls trail shortly before 9 p.m. Monday night following reports of a stranded hiker in an off limits-area of a mountain northwest of the city. 


The area was marked with signs warning hikers to stay out for or face fines, according to Jay Nichols, spokesman for Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.


A wildfire now entering its third week has been burning in the area, and park workers have closed some trails in the interest of public safety. The fire still throws off smoke and glows at night, Nichols said, and hikers could encounter smoking material, ash pits and falling trees on the closed trails.


Police could not reach the hiker, because of the remote location. Rescue crews used a helicopter for the rescue.


Vanbuskirk had attached the harness to the hiker and signaled the helicopter above to hoist them both up when he somehow detached from the line and fell a "non-survivable" distance to the ground below, officials said.


The hiker was safely rescued and is being interviewed, police said.


Vanbuskirk grew up in the Las Vegas area, was married and lived in Henderson. He had worked for the department since 1999, and had served on the search and rescue team since 2007.


Police honored their dead comrade with a procession of police vehicles that stretched along U.S. 95 from Mt. Charleston to the Clark County Coroner's office near Alta Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Metro Police Department are investigating this incident.


The death was the first of a Metro officer in the line of duty since 2009 and the 18th since the department was founded.


Officer Vanbuskirk is survived by his wife.


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:


Sheriff Doug Gillespie

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

400 Stewart Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89101


Phone: (702) 828-3394

 





 


                                                                                     


This Information has been provided courtesy of the Officer Down Memorial Page and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.


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Condolences to the Family of SAR Officer David Vanbuskirks; the Metropolitan Las Vegas Police Department, Nevada; Fellow Officers, Friends, and the Community he served, on their tragic loss.


Rest in Peace, SAR Officer Vanbuskirk... You may now stand down.

 


 


                                                                                             


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Rest in Peace brother!  Prayers of strength and support to family, friends and the agency for their loss.  He sacrificed his life so that another may live...

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Deepest condolences to the SAR Ofcr. David Vanbuskirk.  R.I.P.

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 Deep conolences to the family, friends and fellow officers.  May prayers help you all through this very difficult time.  Sacrificing your life so another may live.  Gone but never forgotten.  R.I.P. brother Officer David Vanbuskirk.  

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Rest in Peace Officer Vanbuskirk...

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God comfort the family and friends of brave SAR Officer David Vanbuskirk, rescue angel.  Bless and keep them well all their lives.


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R.I.P. Brother.

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 Rest In Peace, Brother.  May God be of constant comfort and strength to your family and friends. 

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When God sent His angels to bring you home, He had His reasons. Someday we will be able to ask why, but for now, we offer prayers of peace and comfort to those left behind. RIP Brother


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Rest in Peace, Brother!! My Condolences to the Family, Friends and Co-Workers!!!



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 Rest in peace, Officer Vanbuskirk, My deepest condolences to the Las Vegas MPD and to the family.

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 R.I.P. SAR Officer David Vanbuskirk. 


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You gave the ultimate my brother.Condolences to all left behind and may comfort be granted to all.---JOHN Chapter 15-Verse #13

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Rest in Peace SAR Officer Vanbuskirk. May God be with your family and friends.

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Rest in peace Officer Vanbuskirk.... My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers....

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Rest in Peace Officer David Vanbuskirk. Thankyou for your service, Sir. You will never be forgotton. Mat God bless your wife and fellow Officers at this time and always.

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 RIP Officer Vanbuskirk.


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Thank you for your sacrifice and service SAR Officer David Vanbuskirk.  Condolences to your family friends and Coworkers at the MPD in Las Vegas, NV.


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Rest in Peace brother !

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 Rest in Peace Officer Vanbuskirk.  My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends and department.

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Rest in Peace. May God watch over your family and department.

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Rest in Peace Officer Vanbuskirk. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Vanbuskirk Family and Las Vegas Metro PD.

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 Rest In Peace Brother!

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Rest in peace, Officer Vanbuskirk.

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May Officer Vanbuskirk and all who know and love him find peace.  Thank you for your service, sir.


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  Rest in Peace Brother......Prayers to the family and the department in this time of grief.


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  Rest In Peace Brother !!

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