Officer James E. McCabe

Officer James E. McCabe

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, September 1, 1978

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James E. McCabe

Officer McCabe and Officer Gayle Wood 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 McCabe had been with the agency for seven years and had been a helicopter observer for six months.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 7801

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Officer McCabe,
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 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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