Cop Rescues Hiker, Falls to Own Death
David Vanbuskirk had problem with his gear
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2013 2:33 AM CDT
David Vanbuskirk, 36.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.)

(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.

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Jul 24, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
The Good Die Young
Jul 24, 2013 1:19 PM CDT
Judging by the number of rescues here in USA, it appears that we have the highest percentage of stupid people. There are countries that hikers know in advance, if you push to hard, ain't nobody coming to get you. Sad story it ended for the officer like this but ultimately it was God's call.
Jul 24, 2013 12:13 PM CDT
They quit making rope ladders? Another one bites the dust because of an irresponsible person.