Helicopter Pilot Gary Anthony Nelson

Helicopter Pilot Gary Anthony Nelson

Anaheim Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, August 15, 1975

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Gary Anthony Nelson

Pilot Gary Nelson was killed in a helicopter accident while assisting detectives during a surveillance operation of a known narcotics dealer.

He was a detective in the Vice Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. The observer in the aircraft was seriously injured in the accident when the helicopter struck the side of Tahquitz Peak, three miles east of Idyllwild in Riverside County.

Pilot Nelson was United States Navy veteran and had served with the Anaheim Police Department for eleven years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 131
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

narcotics, surveillance

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 15, 2020

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