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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Gale was a friend and flying buddy of my dad's when I was a kid. I met Gale when I was about 10 years old. He was a motor officer, stopping by the house to visit dad when we lived in Huntington Beach. Ever since then I wanted to be a policeman. I retired from law enforcement in June of 2018 after serving more than 34 years with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Thank you Gale, may you rest in peace.

Deputy Mike Mansur (Ret.)
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Wa.

April 7, 2020

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