Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Kenneth L. Archer

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 24, 1982

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Reflections for Officer Kenneth L. Archer

Ken and I reported to the Barstow CHP Area on the same day in 1970. He was senior, with some field time and I right out of the CHP Academy. It wasn't long before I realized that Ken was a kind and true gentleman. He and Shirley were friends. When the helicopter was proposed for the desert we both applied for flight officer positions and we were both accepted. When the helicopter crashed two years later the loss of both Ken Archer and George Robert (Bob) Carey changed my life forever. I think of and pray for them often. And for Shirley and the Archer family.

California Highway Patrol Sergeant, Reti
California Highway Patrol

February 28, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

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Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Ken was first and foremost my very good friend, we were neighbors and shared rides to the office together; I also had the pleasure of being his partner on occasions during the time we were stationed together. There are few days that go by, I don't think of Ken, wishing we could have had just one more laugh together, one more talk of cars; share just one more beer together... I miss you buddy, wishing your dear wife Shirley and family all the best --- you will never be forgotten...

David Feist
friend of Officer Kenneth L. Archer

June 8, 2013

Feb 24, 2013 will be 31 years since I lost my husband, but it feels like yesterday. I miss him as much today as I did 31 years ago. He was a wonderful husband & father to his 2 boys. His first Grandson was born 2 weeks after his death. He was so proud that he was going to be a Grandfather. It was nothing for him to give of his time to help someone in need. I do remember the gentleman & his dog. I had forgotten about it, til read it. I am just glad that Kenny & I were there to help. He loved his job, as it gave him the opportunity to help people. My sons & I have made sure that all the Grandkids know about him & will never forget him. He would be so proud of all of them, he wouldn,t have any bottons on his shirt. Rest in Peace My Love. Love You Always. I know you are watching over all of us.

Shirley Archer
Loving Wife

February 3, 2013

My father touched many lives in his short life. More than I will ever know. I lost my father when I was only twelve, but as my brother has said, he will never be forgotten. What he did for that gentleman and his dog is only one of many things he can be remembered for. Our community felt safe as he and his team flew patrols over the desert with an ever watchful eye. We love you dad.

Civlian, Larry Dean Archer
Son

December 2, 2012

Thank you dad for all you did for our family. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't miss you. Thank you for helping me with my homework and teaching me how to work on cars and repair things around the house. Without your guidance I would not be the man I am today. There are times when I feel your presence and I know you are watching over our family. I also know you are proud of the grand children and great grand children you never had the chance to hold or play with. Kenneth Matthew Archer, Kelly Nicole Archer, Alexandra Janee' Archer, Austin William Kenneth Archer, Landon Archer, Tary Archer, Ellie Archer, Emma Archer, and Payton Archer. Rest assured they know who you are and what you mean to the Archer family. We all love and miss you very much.

Todd Kenneth Archer
Son

November 28, 2012

Hi Ken, and family;
You were my academy classmate in 1969. Your badge No. is 22 numbers senior to mine. So glad to know you. I remember you as one of the best liked in the class, and it was my pleasure to go with you a couple of rare times when they let us leave the academy for a few hours on liberty, back then, at 3100 Meadowview Rd. Even though it's 43 years, I remember you like yesterday, and always will.

State Traffic Officer, Ret, Danny Saam.
Indio CHP.

August 19, 2012

Officer Archer and his wife saved myself and my dog from the desert west of Barstow, Ca. They were in a small convertible car. My dog and I were both severely dehydrated. Officer Archer took us to a small bar called "The Sit n Bull". I didn't have a shirt on, so I couldn't get in. Officer Archer literally took the shirt off his back and gave it to me so I could get some desperately needed water. When I heard of Officer Archers' death, I was away from this part of the country and I was unable to attend his services. I spent the next 26 years of my life trying to find his gravesite so I could tribute to a truly great humanitarian. Rest in peace officer Archer, for you will always be my hero.

civilian- Neil R. Buck
retired from mining

June 21, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Archer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 24, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SERVICE

Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

February 19, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 21, 2007

God Bless You Brother
Thank you for your service.
Officer Kenneth L. Archer you have not been forgotten.
Please watch over us from above.

Deputy Constable LC Downing
Wharton County Texas Constable Pct 2

September 28, 2003

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