Officer Gayle W. Wood, Jr.

Officer Gayle W. Wood, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, September 1, 1978

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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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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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