Helicopter Pilot Gary Anthony Nelson

Helicopter Pilot Gary Anthony Nelson

Anaheim Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, August 15, 1975

Gary Anthony Nelson

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

The officer was a detective in the Vice Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. The observer in the aircraft was seriously injured in the accident.

Pilot Nelson had been emploiyed with the Anaheim Police Department for nine years, and is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 131

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Uncle Gary, I just want you to know,even though it seems like a lifetime ago now.I hold so much respect & Love in my heart for you.When I saw this tribute the tears began to flow, which tells me I have never forgotten you.Respect * love..Gregg.

Gregg Alexander

August 15, 2017

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