July 23, 2013
Police Officer, David Vanbuskirk, Dies While Trying To Save Hiker
David Vanbuskirk, a Las Vegas police officer was killed while attempting to rescue a stranded hiker. The Huffington Post reported that Vanbuskirk was rescuing a hiker stranded in an off-limits area of a mountain northwest of the city and was killed after falling from a helicopter hoist line Monday night.
“Rescuers responded shortly before 9 p.m. to reports that a hiker was disoriented and stranded on a rocky ledge just above Mary Jane Falls.” Jay Nichols, spokesman for Spring Mountains National Recreation Area said that the area was marked with signs warning hikers to stay out of off-limits areas or face fines.
Vanbuskirk attached a safety harness to the stranded man, who was hiking alone. Officials said that Vanbuskirk signaled to the four rescue workers in the helicopter above to hoist them both up from the craggy ledge, but then somehow detached from the line in midair and fell a “non-survivable” distance to the ground below
Even though Vanbuskirk somehow detached from the line, the hiker was safely rescued, and according to Fox News, is now being questioned by police. Reports say that David Vanbuskirk grew up in the Las Vegas area, and had worked for the department since 1999. He had served on the search and rescue team since 2007. Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Vanbuskirk had performed “dozens” of rescues like the one that killed him Monday.
Edited by PurpleHaze - Sep 07 2013 at 11:23am