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Deputy Gary E. McCullah | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

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Gary E. McCullah

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, September 30, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 3020

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Deputy McCullah and Deputy Robert Schnur were killed in a helicopter accident. The Deputies were flying low in a helicopter in the Whittier Hills when they struck abandoned telephone wires in a canyon. The helicopter and its crew were not reported missing until the next morning when Deputy Schnur’s wife called. A search was started and the helicopter’s crash site was located at 7:30 AM. Autopsies determined both Deputies were killed on impact.

Deputy McCullah had been with the agency for six years and was survived by his fiancée.

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Deputy Robert K. Schnur
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Monday, September 30, 1968
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Every time I'm 10-8 and flying over the Whittier Hills, I'm thinking of the sacrifice these two deputies gave. They are not forgotten.

-Aero Bureau
LASD-Aero
June 2, 2015

 

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