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Cop Dies in Copter Rescue

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Metro Police are wearing black ribbons over their badges today, as they mourn the loss of a fellow officer.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie announced the death of Search and Rescue officer David Vanbuskirk, 36, who fell to his death Monday night while retrieving a stranded hiker from a ledge in the Mary Jane Falls area of Mount Charleston.

Vanbuskirk had performed the hoist-line helicopter rescue “dozens of times,” Gillespie said. He was lowered from the aircraft to the hiker, where he attached the harness, and signaled the pilot to lift both of them. The hike was successfully pulled up to the helicopter, but the officer became separated from his hoist line and plunged into the canyon below.

Vanbuskirk was a Las Vegas native, working for Metro 13 years, six of them in the search and rescue unit.

There is multi-agency investigation in progress.

Meantime, an account has been established by the Injured Police Officers Fund in the name of fallen Police Officer David Vanbuskirk.  Those wishing to donate may go to any Wells Fargo bank and make donations to account: 6102.  The proceeds will go to the family of Officer Vanbuskirk.

For more information please go to www.helplasvegascops.com


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