Las Vegas police officer falls to death in helicopter rescue of hiker

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more> Story Topics View results A Las Vegas police officer was killed recently while trying to save a Mount Charleston hiker, after his helicopter tether broke and he plunged hundreds of feet into the canyon. Officer David Vanbuskirk was still able to save the hiker, who called in his stranded position on a rock ledge on Monday, CNN reported. Mr. Vanbuskirk lowered himself to the hiker from a helicopter, holding onto a harness and line. He then affixed the harness to the hiker, and officials in the chopper pulled him to safety. But Mr. Vanbuskirk s line detached, and he plunged to his death.


Las Vegas officer dies while rescuing hiker

Vanbuskirk, 36, was a 13-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and worked with the rescue division for six years. His friends had nicknamed him officer Rambo Dave for his love of the outdoors and the martial arts, CNN affiliate KTNV reported. “David was one of the most sincere people, and I just can’t believe it,” Michael Connolly, a friend, told KTNV. Vanbuskirk, who was married, is the first officer to die in the line of duty since 2009 in the the department, KVVU reported. No information was released about the hiker. Copyright 2013 by CNN NewSource .



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