In Memory Of
Western Australia Police, Australia
End of watch: 2001-01-26
Aircraft: Cessna 310R
Constable Gavin Capes died when the aircraft he was in crashed and burst into flames near Newman. Also killed were Constable David Dewar, Senior Constable Philip Ruland and Pilot Senior Constable Donald Everett. The crash happened while the officers were returning from Kiwirrkurra, 860km east of Newman near the Northern Territory border. The plane crashed about 9:50pm. The plane, named William G. Pense II after a police officer shot dead in Mt. Barker more than 20 years ago, was destroyed. This was the first accident involving Police Air Support in Western Australia.
Thoughts and Memories of Gavin Capes
Father of Lachlan (aged 2 at the time of his accident) and step-father to Caitlin (aged 7 at the time of his accident): He was a highly motivated person who was determined to try every opportunity life offered him which is how it came about that he was on that flight on Australia Day. Every year on Australia Day, the three of us have a very emotionally confusing day, trying to carry on with life as normal as we can and celebrate the day with the rest of Australia knowing that that was also the day we wished had never existed. All of his family miss him terribly and will never stop loving him.
Carla Anne Capes