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AKA  Dutchy
Late of Hazelbrook

Tasmanian Police Force

transferred to

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 TasPolFrom  26 June 2006  to  18 June 2011 =  5 years Service

Service NSWPFFrom  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

Age:  40

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

Skye Deutschbein and her husband Nathan, who was killed by an avalanche near Mt Cook on Thursday. Photo / Supplied

[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]


 Funeral location:  






May they forever Rest In Peace





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.

Greg Callander – Retired NSWPF 17463 on 13 December, 2018 at 11:49pm

May you forever Rest In Peace.


Ken Kemp on 7 July, 2019 at 11:24pm

I only knew Nathan as “Vern” via Flickr. He was one of my (Ken’sKam) Flickr contacts and I always enjoyed his photos and exchanging comments on those. He was obviously full of life and an avid adventurer. His love of his family came through in the photos of them on his Flickr page. I will miss him, even though we only had contact via Flickr. I can only offer my condolences to his family and friends and I am so sorry that these are so late. I only learned of his passing today as I was browsing photos from my Flickr contacts and stumbled upon his last post (one that I had also commented upon).

Sherrie Gaul on 14 December, 2018 at 3:05pm

Growing up with Nathan he really was a brother from another mother!
I’m saddened by the whole situation especially when I think of his family!
My thoughts are with everyone affected by the loss. Rest In Peace Nathan!

Phil and Emma Boyd on 14 December, 2018 at 7:07am

– [ ] Skye, Ash and Tay – Today you and your family celebrate the amazing life shared with Nathan. A life filled with hope, dreams, adventure and love that most people wouldn’t experience in a life time. The short time we hung out in Tassie was one of the best seasons we remember and the loss has been felt deeply; we can’t imagine the pain you and your family must be experiencing. Our prayer is that God fills your loss and emptiness with a strong and immense presence and peace that only He can bring. We can’t be there with you today but our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Love Phil, Emma, Micah and Tait x

Greg Callander – Retired NSWPF 17463 on 13 December, 2018 at 11:49pm

May you forever Rest In Peace.


Michelle Schofield on 13 December, 2018 at 11:08pm

Skye my deepest sympathies go to you and your girls at the loss of your husband. I knew Nathan as a kid and I’ve always remembered his huge smile and happy nature.
Many condolences note and forever.
Michelle xxx

Michelle Schofield on 13 December, 2018 at 10:58pm

Dearest Ray and Nancy
I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of your gorgeous boy, Nathan.
My memories of him are of his constant smile and happy nature.
It’s too hard to believe that he has been taken far too soon.
My love and heart reach out to you at this impossible time.
Much love
Chellie xxx

Chris Cupit on 13 December, 2018 at 4:28pm

My heartfelt condolences go out to family and loved ones of Dutchy – especially his wife and two girls.
Was an absolute pleasure to work with you at Bridgewater mate. A fantastic bloke and loyal colleague that was taken way too soon.
You will be sadly missed by everyone who knew you mate.
Love to family and friends – Cupe

Jemma Tidyman on 11 December, 2018 at 9:36pm

My dear Skye, I am so very sorry and sad at the news of Nathan’s passing. He was a smart, happy, thoughtful family man, who loved his family with everything he had,t hat was easily seen by his constant smiles. He will be missed by everyone around him.
My condolences to you, your girls, yours and Nathan’s family. Sending love to you all.

Rachel Gibson on 10 December, 2018 at 5:21pm

So shocked to hear this awful news. I knew Nathan (known to me as Vern) only through Flickr – and had been off the site for a long time. Just recently I visited the Blue Mountains and thought of him and his beautiful images and wondered about their locations. When I got home to far north Queensland, I looked him up again and read of his death in Mt Cook – a place I came to know partly because of his adventures there and the beautiful photographs he shared via Flickr.
I am so sad to hear he is gone. Although I knew him only through Flickr, he was always a humourous and encouraging photography muse. Unlike so many in the online world, he was the real deal and I felt like I knew him. I am not surprised to learn that he worked serving others in the police force. The world will be poorer without him.
Heartfelt condolences to his wife and children.

Pippa Brown on 10 December, 2018 at 8:39am

Nathan was a year ahead of me in the academy in Tasmania, part of our christian mailing list and a wonderful man to know. He was always quick with a smile. I’m so sorry for your loss

Janette Asche on 9 December, 2018 at 6:40pm

I am so sorry to hear of Nathan’s tragic death. I got to know him through Flickr and then Facebook and loved to see his adventures and the way he introduced his young daughters to the outdoors and adventure. My deepest condolences to family, friends and work colleagues.

Hermosas Y Amadas ! on 7 December, 2018 at 8:54am

Que dios les dé fuerzas y consuelo,sabemos que nuestra esperanza es el reencuentro en el cielo.Oro a Dios para que puedan enfrentar esos días sin Nathan con corage .Si en el cielos existe montañas de seguro él estpá en el topo. Las amo dulces muchachas,Dios sea con vosotras xoxox

Daryl and Evelyn Peninton on 6 December, 2018 at 8:59pm

There are so many memories… seeing Nathan pull up in his red Jeep and pull out his guitar whenever he played at church. Seeing him onstage with the band Oracle, organising youth events with him and Skye and the team, flatbed truck rides at youth camp, but my favourite memory was when he used to come over to our place once a week and he, Daryl and I would watch “the Contender” reality tv series. One night he walked in and handed Daryl a packet of mint slice, it was open and a couple were missing. He just smiled and said “sorry, I got hungry”. We often recall those great times we all shared doing youth together. You will be missed Vern, Rest In Peace.

Max & Meg Richards on 6 December, 2018 at 8:58pm

Dear Skye and girls and all the family, sending our love and prayers as you journey through this time of loss. God will be your comforter and guide through the coming days as you keep your eyes on Him. We will continue to pray for you all from a distance. Much love Max & Meg xxx

Rhia, Chris and Gabriel Sarte on 6 December, 2018 at 7:39pm

Our prayers are with you Skye and your family. May God’s loving arms comfort you at this difficult time. We are always here for you. God bless.

Dave Stuart

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.

Senior Constable Brad REDFERN & Nathan DEUTSCHBEIN
Senior Constable Brad REDFERN & Nathan DEUTSCHBEIN
"Proud father moment"
“Proud father moment”

Mountaineer killed in avalanche near Mt Cook was 40yo Australian senior police constable

30 Nov, 2018 8:04pm

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.”

Nathan Deutschbein leaves behind his wife Skye and their two daughters. Photo / Supplied

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.”

Skye Deutschbein and her husband Nathan, who was killed by an avalanche near Mt Cook on Thursday. Photo / Supplied
Skye Deutschbein and her husband Nathan, who was killed by an avalanche near Mt Cook on Thursday. Photo / Supplied

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.

Key points:

  • 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.

Joshua Paroci, in suit and tie, smiles at the camera.
Photo: NSW police officer Joshua Paroci died whilst rafting on the Shotover River. (Supplied: NSW Police)

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 DEUTSCHBEIN in green.<br /> The man obviously loved his wilderness and family<br />
Nathan DEUTSCHBEIN in green.
The man obviously loved his wilderness and family




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

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.


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