Officer David VanBuskirk
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Injuries sustained during Search & Rescue mission
Date of Incident: Monday, July 22, 2013
Weapon Used: N/A
Suspect Info: N/A
Officer David VanBuskirk joined LVMPD October 6, 1999, and served in both Patrol and Narcotics until February 24, 2007 when he was assigned to Metro’s Search and Rescue section. A Southern Nevada native, David was both a loyal and caring friend and an eager mentor to all he knew. As a Search and Rescue Officer he was recognized as a true hero, saving numerous lives during the hundreds of rescues he performed.
On July 23, 2013 LVMPD Search and Rescue Officer David VanBuskirk died from injuries sustained when he was separated from his safety equipment while suspended below the aircraft rescuing an injured subject. The fall took place in the late night hours of July 22 as he conducted a helicopter rescue of a stranded hiker on Mount Charleston. His last action was to secure the hiker to the helicopter’s hoist cable, saving the man’s life. Officer VanBuskirk was 36 years old and is survived by his wife, his mother and an extended family.