Tributes Underway for Fallen Vegas Police Rescuer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) A funeral is underway for a Las Vegas search and rescue officer who fell to his death saving a stranded hiker last week.

Hundreds of uniformed officers with black stripes across their badges filled the auditorium of a Henderson megachurch to honor David Vanbuskirk.

The 36-year-old died after falling from a helicopter hoist line July 22 at Mount Charleston, northwest of Las Vegas. The hiker he was rescuing survived.

A procession of police motorcycles escorted Vanbuskirk's flag-draped casket through the Las Vegas Strip en route to Central Christian Church. Casinos displayed his photo on their massive electronic marquees as the motorcade passed.

Vanbuskirk's death marks the first time a Las Vegas officer has died on duty since 2009.

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