Cop Rescues Hiker, Falls to Own Death

David Vanbuskirk had problem with his gear

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 24, 2013 2:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Las Vegas police officer pulled off a successful rescue but lost his own life in the process. David Vanbuskirk rode a helicopter to the aid of a hiker stranded on a rock ledge; after he was lowered on a harness, he linked the hiker to rescue gear. But while the hiker was successfully pulled onto the chopper, something—it's not certain what—went wrong with Vanbuskirk's own equipment. He fatally fell into a canyon; other rescuers later retrieved his body.

"This officer dedicated his life to saving people and that act ultimately cost him his own life," says a sheriff. Vanbuskirk, 36, had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 13 years and was the first to die on duty since 2009, CNN reports.

David Vanbuskirk, 36.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.)
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie wears a shrouded badge as he gives details about the death of Las Vegas Metropolitan search and rescue police officer David Vanbuskirk.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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