|LAPD Officer Charles Randall “Randy” Champe||LAPD Officer Gary Alan Howe|
The daily NewsWatch of the Los Angeles Police Protective League always honors the anniversaries of LAPD officers killed in the line of duty. For June 13, the union features the deaths of Officers Charles Randall “Randy” Champe and Gary Alan Howe, who were killed in 1991, when their helicopter had engine failure and crashed at Raymond and Vernon avenues.
The crash also killed a man on the ground who was burned beyond recognition. John Doe No. 121 was eventually identified as Lino Daniel Falguero, a 36-year-old furniture salesman.
Witnesses praised Howe, who was the pilot, for maneuvering the crippled helicopter away from a day-care center and an elementary school, crashing in a vacant lot. The officers were flying a 2-year-old Aerospatiale 350 B-1 and were scheduled to make a flyby at Main Street Elementary School as part of the DARE anti-drug program. According to the Los Angeles Times, the final words from the helicopter were Champe, saying: “We’re going down with an engine failure.”
Credit: Los Angeles Police Protective League