Jennie Curtin, Blue Mountains Gazette
Nathan Deutschbein, a Blue Mountains police rescue officer, was killed in an avalanche in New Zealand last week.
Leading Senior Constable Deutschbein, 40, had served with the rescue squad in the Mountains since 2016. He joined the NSW Police Force in 2011 after transferring from Tasmania.
He was climbing on Mt Cook in New Zealand’s south island when he was caught in an avalanche last Thursday. His climbing companion suffered minor injuries.
Fellow Police Rescue officer, Senior Constable Steve Day, said Constable Deutschbein had been a gifted worker whose experience as a mountaineer meant he could quickly figure out the best way to reach people stuck in canyons or on cliffs.
“He had the ability to assess and come up with the best possible system for accessing them,” he said.
“He was literally one of our best operators and a very experienced roper.”
He had innate skills that just can’t be taught, Constable Day said.
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