Officer Gayle W. Wood, Jr.

Officer Gayle W. Wood, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, September 1, 1978

Gayle W. Wood, Jr.

Officer Wood and Officer James McCabe were killed when their helicopter struck a power line support tower which was not visible in the darkness. They were just finishing up their air patrol when the accident occurred near Castaic Lake on I-5.
Officer Wood had been with the agency for ten years and had been a pilot for five years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 6746

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Officer Wood,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 1, 2018

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