Officer Kenneth L. Archer

Officer Kenneth L. Archer

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 24, 1982

Kenneth L. Archer

Officer Archer and Pilot Officer George Carey were killed when their helicopter crashed. The officers were conducting a search mission in a remote desert area of San Bernardino County. The 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 agency for 13 years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 7255

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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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

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