LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Las Vegas Valley residents have donated more than $9,000 today to help the family of Metro Officer David VanBuskirk who was killed Monday while rescuing a stranded hiker on Mt. Charleston.
The event runs until 7 p.m. outside the Sam's Club at Eastern and Serene in the south part of the valley.
Donations are being accepted by volunteers for the Injured Police Officers Fund. If you cannot attend, donations can be made at LasVegascops.com.
VanBuskirk will be laid to rest Monday. The funeral is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. at Central Christian Church at 1001 New Beginnings Drive in Henderson.
The burial will be at Palm Mortuary and Cemetery, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.
VanBuskirk had secured a stranded hiker to a rescue hoist about 9 p.m. Monday. Both were being raised to the rescue helicopter when somehow VanBuskirk fell about 200 to 250 feet to his death.
The most recent death of Metro officers occurred in 2009 when four were killed.