Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles Christopher Plumleigh

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles Christopher Plumleigh

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, March 1, 1978

Charles Christopher Plumleigh

Reserve Deputy Charles Plumleigh and Deputy Gregory Low were killed in an automobile accident. The two deputies were responding to a burglary in progress call when their patrol car collided with a second patrol car.

Reserve Deputy Plumleigh died three days later from his injuries.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Sunday, February 26, 1978

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I was working at the Exxon station which sat on the Southeast corner of Sierra Highway and Avenue J in Lancaster when this occurred. On the day of one of the officer's funerals, a cold, grey, foggy day, I stood on the corner and watched as what must have been one hundred or more patrol vehicles, lights on, otherwise absolutely quiet, emerge out of the fog. They were heading East on Avenue J on the way to the cemetery. As each vehicle approached, in total silence, you heard nothing but the sound of the rotating lights on top of each vehicle, and the click of the stop lights sequencing through Green, yellow, red. Traffic stopped as the procession slowly drove past. People turned off their cars in the street and stood, some saluting, many with their hands over their hearts, most crying. When the end of the line passed by, many, many minutes later, everyone remained where they stood until the last of the cars disappeared into the morning fog, some four hundred yards away. While I may have been only 17, I still remember the sights and sounds of that day. It remains as one of the most respectful, impressive and solemn occasions I have ever seen. Thank you officer, for your service.

Greg Schaper

March 3, 2015

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