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> Misc > Memorial Page

In honor of their memory and ultimate sacrifice to the citizens of Kern County we respectfully present the following roll-call of Sheriff's Office personnel and volunteers who died in the line of duty in Kern County:

 2012 KCSO Officer Memorial Video

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Sheriff’s Deputy James Throne, end of watch May 23, 2008 as a result of a fatal car accident. James was a 2-1/2 year veteran of the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff’s Deputy William Joseph (Joe) Hudnall, end of watch November 14, 2006 as a result of a fatal car accident, while transporting a prisoner from the Kern Valley Area to CRF through the Kern River Canyon. Joe was a nine-year veteran of the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Lee Archuleta was involved in a fatal vehicle accident on September 12, 2004 while responding to assist deputies. Deputy Archuleta began serving with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in February of 2001 and was hired by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department on October 5, 2002.

Sheriff’s Citizen Service Unit Arthur Freier died November 11, 1995 after being hit by a passing motorist. Art Freier was placing flares at the scene of a major traffic accident in Mt. Mesa.


Sheriff's Deputy James Lee Williams died October 19, 1991 as a result of a traffic accident while on patrol in southwest Bakersfield. He was a five-year veteran.

Sheriff's Deputy Richard McHale died March 3, 1989 after being beaten and shot at a family disturbance call in Oildale. He was a seven-year veteran.

Richard McHale Memorial


Sheriff's Sergeant Marvin Kline, Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Ray D. Bockman and Search and Rescue Volunteer Douglas R. Moonen died August 16, 1986 in the crash of an aero squadron airplane on a training flight east of Bakersfield. Sergeant Kline was an 18-year veteran. Reserve Deputy Bockman was an 11-year veteran and was the department's Assistant Property Control Officer.

Marvin KlineRay BockmanDouglas Moonen

Hart Park Memorial
In honor of:
Marvin Kline
Ray D. Bockman
& Douglas R. Moonen


Sheriff's Senior Deputy Michael J. Bentley died October 19, 1983 while responding to stop an armed robbery suspect near Rosamond when his patrol vehicle was rammed by the fleeing suspect's vehicle. He was an eight-year veteran.

Lansing Warren

Sheriff's Reserve Deputies Lansing Warren and Ray Mallory died August 16, 1983 in the crash of an aero squadron airplane searching for a downed aircraft north of Kernville. Reserve Deputy Warren was a 7-year veteran and was self-employed. Reserve Deputy Mallory was a 14-year veteran and was working as an extra-help deputy.

Ray Mallory


Sheriff's Deputy Michael Wilson died October 11, 1981 as a result of a traffic accident while on patrol east of Bakersfield. He had been with the department less than a year.


Sheriff's Sergeant John F. McCave, Sheriff’s Parole Officer, died December 23, 1975 while on duty at a result of a heart attack. He was a 20-year veteran.

Search and Rescue Volunteer Charles J. Banning drowned October 23, 1974 while engaged as a diver recovering a vehicle and drowning victim from a canal in the Delano area.

Search and Rescue Volunteer Terry Lee Greer drowned August 7, 1973 while engaged as a team diver searching for a possible drowned victim in a canal south of McFarland. He was an employee of the State Division of Highway Construction.

Sheriff's Sergeant Donald Hodges died April 14, 1969 after being shot while chasing a theft suspect from a Bakersfield bar. He was an 18-year veteran.

Search and Rescue Volunteer Richard O. Slates fell to his death December 21, 1966 while engaged in a search with the China Lake Mountain Search & Rescue group. The group was assisting park rangers at the Death Valley National Monument near the summit of Telescope Peak. He was a mechanical engineer at China Lake.

Search and Rescue Volunteer Fred Scheberies fell to his death January 11, 1964 while practicing with the China Lake Mountain Search & Rescue group in the Mt. Whitney area. He was an aeronautical engineer at China Lake.

Samuel H. Moore

Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel H. Moore and Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Robert P. Grabner died July 11, 1962 in a vehicle accident while responding to an officer needs assistance call. Deputy Moore was a one-year veteran.

Robert P. Grabner

Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Trudell died June 4, 1962 from a heart attack following an altercation with two prisoners at the jail. He was a two-year veteran.

Sheriff’s Captain Roland Barbeau died February 26, 1953 in a vehicle accident while transporting two inmates from Ridgecrest to Bakersfield. He was an 18-year veteran.

Sheriff’s Sergeant Clayton H. Yearick died November 11, 1949 in the crash of a light plane in which he was a passenger. County pilot Bill Richardson, who was also killed, and Sgt. Yearick were enroute to Trona to search for escapees from the Kern County Jail.

Sheriff’s Chief Civil Deputy Howard H. Knott died October 6, 1945 in a flash-flood while in Keene. He had been enroute to the Inyokern area to serve papers.

Wasco Constable Joseph E. English died August 15, 1936 after being shot in a Wasco pool hall. He had been a constable for 1 1/2 years.

Will Tibbitt

Sheriff’s Deputy Will Tibbitt and Bakersfield City Marshal Thomas J. Packard died April 19, 1903 after being shot while attempting to arrest a murder suspect, James McKinney, in Bakersfield.

Thomas J. Packard

John L. Powers

Kernville Constable John L. Powers and Citizen Volunteer Oliver McCoy died July 3, 1891 after being shot attempting to serve a warrant of arrest.
Tehachapi Constable Thomas H. Godwin died October 22, 1876 after being shot in a Tehachapi business.
Tehachapi Constable William S. Mettler died November 6, 1873 after being shot during an investigation in the Havilah area.

It is our hope and desire that our "roll-call" readers will furnish any missing supplemental information in the interest of paying proper tribute to those for whom it is due and for its historical value to all the citizens of Kern County.


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