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Fallen officer memorialized on Mt. Charleston

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Friends, family and officers paid tribute to Officer David Vanbuskirk on Wednesday night. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Friends, family and officers paid tribute to Officer David Vanbuskirk on Wednesday night. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
Officer David Vanbuskirk, 36, died on July 22, 2013, during a routine rescue of a hiker at Mt. Charleston. (LVMPD) Officer David Vanbuskirk, 36, died on July 22, 2013, during a routine rescue of a hiker at Mt. Charleston. (LVMPD)
MT. CHARLESON (FOX5) -

Friends, family and fellow law enforcement officers held a vigil for David Vanbuskirk Wednesday night on Mount Charleston.

Vanbuskirk, a Metro officer who worked with Search and Rescue, died during a rescue mission in the area of Mary Jane Falls Monday night.

Mount Charleston community members said they are feeling the loss deeply as they have received a great deal of support from Metro over the past month while the Carpenter 1 fire ravaged the mountain.

With white roses and flashlights in lieu of candles, those gathered said a prayer for the fallen officer.

"Dave was one of the hardest workers and will be sorely missed," Metro Officer Robert Hagberg said.

Vanbuskirk, a 13-year veteran of the department, died while attempting to rescue a hiker who was stuck on a cliff.

Members of the Mount Charleston community said they can't believe everyone survived the Carpenter 1 fire and an officer lost his life in a routine rescue a few weeks later.

Following the vigil, attendees gathered at the Mary Jane Falls trailhead to place roses in tribute to Vanbuskirk.

It's still unclear how the hiker got into trouble and whether he was on a closed trail. Police are still investigating.

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