Officer Kenneth L. Archer

Officer Kenneth L. Archer

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 24, 1982

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Kenneth L. Archer

Officer Kenneth Archer and Pilot Officer George Carey were killed when their helicopter crashed during a search mission in the Harper Lake area west of Barstow.

The officers were conducting a search mission in a remote desert area of San Bernardino County. Pilot Officer Carey became spatially disoriented due to a combination of factors and the aircraft impacted the ground at high speed, instantly killing both officers.

Officer Archer had served with the California Highway Patrol for 13 years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 7255

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

search and rescue

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