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Kansas officer dies of wounds from tornado response

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May 08, 2007

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Kansas officer dies of wounds from tornado response

Officer Down: Officer Robert Timothy Buckman - [Macksville, Kansas]


Biographical Info

Age: n/a

Additional Info: Officer Buckman is survived by his wife and three children.

Cause of Death:
 Natural disaster

Incident Details: Officer Buckman succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier when his vehicle caught in a massive tornado as he responded to Greensburg, Kansas, to assist other victims. Officer Buckman was taken to a hospital in Wichita, where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries.

Date of Incident: May 4, 2007

End of Watch:
May 8, 2007

Kansas officer dies of wounds from tornado response

GREENSBURG, Kan. — The death toll from one of the strongest tornadoes to hit the U.S. in the past eight years climbed to 10 on Tuesday when a critically injured police officer from a nearby town was removed from life support.

Robert Tim Buckman, a 46-year-old officer from Maxville, received a head injury in Friday's storm that left nine others dead in Greensburg, officials said. Buckman was taken to a Wichita hospital, where he was declared dead shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, the son, Derick Buckman, told The Associated Press.

"He died being a hero," said Derick Buckman. "He was sworn to protect people and that's what he was doing the night he got picked up by a tornado."

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