Pilot Officer George R. Carey

Pilot Officer George R. Carey

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 24, 1982

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George R. Carey

Pilot Officer Carey and Officer Kenneth Archer 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 Carey had served with the California Highway Patrol for 17 years.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 4044

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

search and rescue

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Semper Fi fellow CHPY. You won’t be forgotten. Thank you for your service and dedication to saving lived. Your family, as well as all of us, will never forget you.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol SLA #530

February 24, 2019

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