July 23, 2013
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 during a fall which occurred 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.