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November 20, 2009


A blog comment in the Jan,2010 Blue Line issue (blog posted 11-30-09) re the Purple Heart presented to Cmdr. Gillen's widow,Margie had an incorrect statement. The blog indicated that two (2) other officers were killed in the helicopter crash and also deserved the Purple Heart.This is incorrect as I (a LAPD Helicopter Pilot in 1974)know that the pilot(Sgt. Dave McGill) was seriously injured and the two(2) SWAT officers,( I seem to recall they were Rick Kelbaugh & Jack Jones) were also severely injured due to impact & burns, How-ever, all three survived.Commander Gillen was the one and only fatality.

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