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Local hiker pushes to rename hiking trail after Metro officer

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 7/30/2013 11:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- His name should be on the mountain.

That's what a local man is saying about David VanBuskirk one day after the search and rescue officer was laid to rest.

VanBuskirk died last week during a rescue operation near Mary Jane Falls in Mount Charleston. Now a movement is just beginning to rename a trail in his honor.

In the days following the death of officer VanBuskirk a small, temporary memorial has been growing near the base of the Mary Jane Falls trail but local hiker Ron LaPointe wants to do more.

LaPointe has been hiking the area about a dozen years and is now contacting the U.S. Forest Service about either re-naming a trail up here, or placing a permanent monument in VanBuskirk's honor.

This is a truly grassroots effort and one man's idea to remember a local hero.

VanBuskirk died last week trying to help a stranded hiker near Mary Jane Falls.

A technical rescue he'd performed many times before. Lapointe says it's only right we remember his sacrifice.

“I am determined,” La Pointe says. “I'm going to get it done even if I have to go up there with a boulder and stick it someplace I'm going to do it. But I would really like the Forest Service, the Sheriff and the family's permission. And like I said before his name has to be up at that mountain.”

The accident that killed VanBuskirk is still under investigation but it's clear since the Carpenter 1 fire, the mountain is not the same and some trails remain closed.

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