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Tasmanian Police Force
NSW Goulburn Police Academy Class # ???
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # * 60011
Rank: NSWPF Probationary Constable – appointed 4 July 2011
Leading Senior Constable
Final Rank = Leading Senior Constable
Stations: ?, Blacktown, Blue Mountains PAC & Blue Mountains Police Rescue Squad ( Squad from 2015 – 2018 ) – Death
Service TasPol: From 26 June 2006 to 18 June 2011 = 5 years Service
Service NSWPF: From 4 July 2011 to 29 November 2018 = 7+ years Service
Total Service: 12 years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 25 May 1978
Died on: Thursday 29 November 2018
Cause: Snow avalanche – Buried / Suffocation
Event location: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Eugenie Glacier on the eastern flank of Footstool, New Zealand
Event date: Thursday 29 November 2018 around 1.30pm N.Z. time
Funeral date: Friday 14 December 2018 @ 11am
Funeral location: the Chapel, Blue Mountains Grammar School, 3 Matcham Ave, Wentworth Falls
Wake location: ?TBA
Funeral Parlour: Blue Mountains Funerals – 47356900
Buried at: ?TBA
Memorial located at: ?TBA
[alert_blue] NATHAN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * NOT JOB RELATED
[alert_pink] ? IS mentioned on the Sydney Police Centre Memorial Wall[/alert_pink]
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FUNERAL NOTICES AND FAMILY TRIBUTES
Nathan passed away suddenly 29th November 2018 whilst mountaineering in Mt Cook, New Zealand. Late of the Blue Mountains.
Devoted husband of Skye.
Proud father of Taylor and Ashley.
Beloved son of Nancy and Ray.
Loyal brother of Rod.
Inspiring friend. Avid adventurer.
Aged 40 years.
God’s Greatest Gift.
Nathan Deutschbein aka Dutchy epitomised what a person would expect in a mate, work colleague and for those closer to him a husband, dad and relative. Nathan had a genuineness that is rarely seen.
His passing is a tragedy and causes reflection on what we all value from life and how precious that it is. If Nathan’s legacy becomes our own benchmark on how we do things, care for people and enjoy life generally – we can only be better off for that.
The blue family will be awesome to support his family and foster his memory.
Mountaineer killed in avalanche near Mt Cook was 40yo Australian senior police constable
The wife of the Australian climber killed in an avalanche in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park yesterday has posted a moving tribute to their family’s “Captain Awesome“.
Nathan Deutschbein, a senior New South Wales police officer and father of two girls, died while descending The Footstool, a prominent, 2764m-tall peak on the Main Divide about 8km from Aoraki/Mount Cook village.
The 40-year-old was a senior constable in the Blue Mountains Area Command.
Wife Skye Deutschbein said on social media, “Our beloved Nathan was in an avalanche on the mountain he was climbing yesterday and did not survive. We are broken and cannot imagine a world without him. He was our Captain Awesome.”
In an earlier post, she indicated her husband and two companions were planning to climb 3109m Mt Elie De Beaumont at the head of the Tasman Glacier.
A Gofundme page has been set up to support Deutschbein’s wife Skye and their two young daughters.
“Our hearts are utterly devastated for Skye,” said page administrator Shalene Roberts.
“We are praying fervently and trusting Christ to comfort Skye and the girls during this tragic time, and we ask that you do the same.
“We also know that many expenses lie ahead for the family, and we would like to try to ease some of that burden.
“The Christmas holiday this year is going to be exceptionally hard, and we don’t want financial need to compound the devastation.”
The tragic incident occurred around 1.30pm yesterday as Deutschbein and a fellow mountaineer were descending the Eugenie Glacier on the eastern flank of Footstool.
Department of Conservation Aoraki/Mt Cook operations manager Brent Swanson told Newshub the 20m-wide avalanche travelled 300m, pushing the climbers into a crevasse, making their rescue difficult.
A helicopter couldn’t land so a DoC staff member suspended on a fixed-line recovered the injured climber and Deutschbein.
The New South Wales Blue Heelers, a group of police officers who represented their state each year in the National Police Australian Football Championships, described him as a “genuine good bloke“.
“Thoughts today with the friends and family of Senior Constable Nathan Deutschbein of the Blue Mountains PAC who was tragically killed yesterday in New Zealand,” the group wrote on Facebook.
“Known as a really great person who served the community of the Blue Mountains in both general duties and as a police rescue operator.
He will be missed by many.”
The Australian police said they were offering support and condolences to the Deutschbein’s wife and family.
Sources have told the Herald Deutschbein was an experienced mountaineer, who regularly visited New Zealand to climb peaks in the Southern Alps.
An adventure website run by Deutschbein showed spectacular images from his trips to New Zealand, including of climbing 3033m-high Mt Aspiring and 2627m-high Mt Sealy.
Friends had been posting messages of support for the family and tributes to Deutschbein on Facebook.
“Nathan is going to be so missed. Such an incredible man,” one said.
Another wrote of their disbelief saying, “I’m so deeply sorry . I’m having such trouble believing this. Beyond devastated.“
( N.Z. Police ) Mid-South Canterbury Area Commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said it was difficult to say why the avalanche was set off but it was more than probable the group triggered it while crossing the snow field as the snow conditions were pretty unstable.
Two other people were climbing with the person who died – one had minor injuries and the other was uninjured because he had remained at the hut that day.
Gaskin said police had no details of the mountaineers but understood they were reasonably proficient and experienced.
Gaskin said the mountaineer who was uninjured had stayed behind at the Sefton Bivouac hut because they were sick.
The climber who suffered minor injuries was transported to Twizel for medical treatment.
Deutschbein‘s death had been referred to the coroner.
MetService reports Mt Cook’s weather for today was fine spells, with a chance of a shower or two with light winds and a high of 18C.
Gaskin said there was a risk for loose, wet avalanches at the time above 1200m.
“There are various types of snow pack conditions, so loose and wet is as it sounds,’ he said.
“It’s quite a slushy, icy mixture, that condition can mean that sort of avalanche can run a lot further than a typical slab avalanche which is nicely bound together.”
The Sefton Bivvy area was the scene of a death in September 2013. British man Robert Buckley, 32, was trying to reach the small hut 1660m above sea level with three friends when he suffered a fatal fall on steep ground, 80m short of the hut.
The latest tragedy comes after two mountain guides were killed last month in an avalanche on Mt Hicks that also buried adventurer and philanthropist Jo Morgan.
Morgan was lucky to escape with her life and told media at the time she was “gobsmacked” to be alive after digging herself out.
Her climbing partners Martin Hess and Wolfgang Maier – who were both originally from Germany but had become New Zealand residents – died.
Morgan had been roped to the two experienced mountain guides when the avalanche hit, but she was unable to find them after being sent tumbling up to 200m down the mountain.
“None of us had any control over it.”
Morgan was rescued after setting off a personal locator beacon.
NSW police officer killed in New Zealand avalanche
NSW Police are mourning the loss of a second officer killed in New Zealand’s south island this year after a senior constable died when he was hit by an avalanche.
- NSW officer Nathan Deutschbein was trekking in New Zealand when the avalanche hit
- Another man was injured in the incident, and a third trekker who stayed behind in a camp escaped unharmed
- Mr Deutschbein’s wife Skye has said she was “broken” after hearing of her husband’s death
Nathan Deutschbein, 40, a member of Blue Mountains area command, was trekking in the Mount Cook area on Thursday when he and his companion triggered a small avalanche that pushed them into a crevasse.
New Zealand police said Mr Deutschbein‘s companion, who was left with minor injuries, was unable to get to the 40-year-old in time to rescue him.
Mr Deutschbein, who leaves behind a wife and two children, is the second NSW police officer to be killed in New Zealand’s south island this year after 31-year-old Joshua Paroci died while rafting near Queenstown in May.
Both men were off duty and holidaying at the time.
Posting on social media, Mr Deutschbein’s wife Skye said the family is “broken”.
“[We] cannot imagine a world without him. He was our Captain Awesome,” she said in the post.
“I will be off social media for a time but will keep you informed of funeral details when we know more.
“Thank you for your prayers. They are the only thing keeping us right now.”
The pair had celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary earlier in the month.
NSW Police said he was a leading senior constable with the Blue Mountains Police Area Command and were offering support and condolences to the officers wife and family.
Speaking on the incident on Friday, New Zealand police said the hiking pair had turned back due to poor weather when the avalanche hit.
The NSW police officer’s hiking partner was winched out by a helicopter after setting off a locator beacon.
A third member of their party had been unwell in the morning and stayed behind in a hut.
He and the injured hiker were later flown off the mountain.
The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council had warned of a moderate avalanche risk above 1200m because of loose snow and poor weather in the days prior.
“[It’s] an inherently dangerous place to go,” a spokesman said.
Thursday’s event was the second deadly avalanche at the national park in recent weeks.
Last month, on nearby Mount Hicks, New Zealand adventurer Jo Morgan managed to dig her way out of the snow that killed her two companions, Martin Hess and Wolfgang Maier.
Nathan, together with other interstate Police, were given NSWPF Registered numbers in the 60k area – despite the current class of Attesting Police ( as of Friday 14 March 2018 ) having NSWPF Registered numbers in the 53k area.
Police rescue officer killed in New Zealand
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.
“He was a very good asset to the rescue squad – confident and able to exercise initiative.
“With the type of skills he had, he will be one of the biggest losses to the squad.”
Constable Day described his colleague as “one of those genuine guys that everyone liked”.
NSW Police issued a statement offering support and condolences. It said the family and colleagues had requested privacy.
NSW Police Legacy has established an appeal to raise funds for Constable Deutschbein’s wife, Skye, and their two daughters.
Its Facebook page described him as someone who earned “high praise for his work and loyalty from his friends and colleagues”.
“Nathan thrived in the outdoors and loved adventure. He could only be described as a man who lived life to the full and his passion rubbed off on everyone around him.”
Donations to the Deutschbein family can be made at http://deutschbeinfamilyappeal.gofundraise.com.au/.
Julie Burton, from the OzCanyons Facebook group, posted a link to the fundraising page: “This fella was one of us, and also a member of Blue Mountains Police Rescue and more than likely came to help when one of us was in trouble in a canyon. We knew him as Von Dutchy.”
The mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said the news was “devastating”.
“The love of our whole community goes out to Nathan’s family, friends and colleagues. He was such an admired and respected person.”
The New Zealand Department of Conservation Aoraki/Mt Cook operation manager, Brent Swanson, said the incident highlighted the risks involved in exploring the country’s mountains.