Tributes underway for fallen Vegas police rescuer

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Las Vegas Metro Police officers roll the flag-draped casket of search and rescue officer David Vanbuskirk to its place inside Central Christian Church before a funeral service, Monday, July 29, 2013, in Henderson, Nev. Vanbuskirk fell to his death attempting to rescue a stranded hiker on a rocky ledge at Mount Charleston on July 22. Vanbuskirk's death marks the first time a Las Vegas officer has died on duty since 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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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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