Police Officer David Lee VanBuskirk
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
End of Watch: Monday, July 22, 2013
Tour of Duty: 13 years, 9 months
Badge Number: 6482
Cause of Death: Fall
Date of Incident: Monday, July 22, 2013
Weapon Used: N/A
Suspect Info: N/A
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.