Deputy Sheriff Gary E. McCullah

Deputy Sheriff Gary E. McCullah

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, September 30, 1968

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Gary E. McCullah

Deputy Sheriff Gary McCullah and Deputy Sheriff Robert Schnur were killed in a helicopter accident in Dark Canyon.

The helicopter struck abandoned telephone wires in a canyon and crashed on land owned by Rose Hills Memorial Park. 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 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for six years. He was survived by his fiancée.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 3020

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Deputy Sheriff McCullah,
On today, the 50th 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 Los Angeles County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 30, 2018

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