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June 29th, 2011

Det. Sonny Archer

A great detective, Sonny Archer, is in critical condition at North Shore Hospital, Manhasset, NY, and could use your prayers. I will post more about him later, but he started out with the Transit Police, was one of the original members of the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad and is currently a 1st grade detective in the joint Marshalls task force.

If there is something you think I should say about Sonny, please email me. Thank you Dennis Bootle for sending me these pictures.

UPDATE: I just heard that Det. Archer has passed on. My most sincere condolences to his friends, family and colleagues. I will post details about his funeral service if the family says it’s alright.

Service Details: The wake for Sonny Archer will be on:

Tuesday,  July 19th, at 2 – 5pm and  7 -9pm
St. Athanasius, 6111 Bay Parkway  Brooklyn, NY 

The Mass will be held at the same church on Wednesday,  July 20th, at 10am.

July 21 Update: Here is a truly lovely tribute to Sonny written by Michael Daly of The New York Daily News. Sonny’s funeral was attended by the former Police Commissioner William Bratton, the current Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Jack Maples’s widow, among many others, and the eulogy was delivered by Detective Wendell Stradford of the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad.

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  • 1 rodneysatterfield // Jul 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    great person. cant say anymore; superman rest in peace.

  • 2 Stacy Horn // Jul 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Oh no. I hadn’t heard and I just went to Facebook and saw Dennis Bootle’s post. How awful.

  • 3 Herb Fonseca // Jul 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    It was truly an honor knowing and working Sonny. We had some great times together in the Transit Warrant Squad. Now Sonny will be with Jack.

  • 4 JOHN T LITTLES // Jul 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm


  • 5 Tony Barksdale // Jul 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Damn such a loss. I remember Sonny lifting the whole rack in the basement of District 2. A good brother. RIP Sonny. TFL (transit for life)

  • 6 Dona and John Troeller // Jul 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    We are so sick over the loss of Sonny. He was a true friend and gentlemen. Taught me (Dona) how to have better aim (in shuffleboard ) . It was painful watching him these last few weeks, some one who treated his body like a temple, slip away. So unfair and wrong. We did get to meet his loving family and we are so deeply sorry for your loss and for the loss of such a great person. Transit is best and RFTF was pretty damn close. Rest in peace.

  • 7 Anna Marie Maple // Jul 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    May he rest in the arms of the angels. He was so kind to me at my brother Jack’s wake and funeral . I never knew him as a cop, but I met him as a true gentleman. My deepest sympathy to the Archer family.

  • 8 Andre Waring // Jul 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Sonny was a good friend, a great father to his kids and one hell of a Detective. He was my “Family” as we liked to say. I will miss your quiet spirit and enormous presence. Love you Brother, R.I.P. with Jack the one who named you “A Good Soldier”

  • 9 Samuel Williams // Jul 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Words from his mouth seldomly spoken, but when he spoke you heard every word. He will be missed by his little cuz. One of his favorite songs: “What the hell the police can do”. and he showed the world what the hell police can do. R.I.P

  • 10 Tommy Wray // Jul 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    You meet alot of people during your lifetime. However, the ones you remeber are the special ones. Sonny Archer was a true “Cops Cop” and a one of a kind human being. Sonny, Rest in Peace. God Bless your family!

  • 11 Sze Sze Ng-Montalvo // Jul 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Rest in peace my mentor, my confidant, and my best friend. You are truly an officer and a gentleman. You are soldier 1!!! God have an angel by his side. We loved you dearly and you’re greatly missed.

  • 12 Norman J. McCullough // Jul 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    On behalf of some of the members of the 100 Blackmen, we send out a prayer to Sonny, his father and other family members. We are certain that he will be missed as a member of the community and overall society. God bless.

  • 13 Willie Morales PTU // Jul 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    We only knew each other by saying what’s up to each other at work but I could tell you was a good guy. Rest in peace my brother until we meet again may you be in eternal peace.

  • 14 donna valentine // Jul 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    As the first wife mother of his of his e children it didn’t work out but I will never take away what a amazing person he was and the best father fermin jr O tiffany could as S u will truly b missede + never forgotten …..

  • 15 donna valentine // Jul 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    As the first wife mother of his first born children fermin jr and tiffany nicole. It didn’t work but I won’t take away what a great father u was to them and what a wonderful man u are. I will always love u forever sonny..

  • 16 Kellie Gittens // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I remember Sonny from coming into the gym with Lee and giving me the biggest hugs and smiles. Best advice given, huge heart and will be deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Archer Family. R.I.P Sonny and thank you for the great talks.

  • 17 Mariela Ward // Jul 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Read the paper today and saw my little cousin face…Can believe you are gone luv you from the heart, Rest in Peace. Mariela

  • 18 Bryan Marshall NYPD // Jul 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    RIP “Big Brother”, thank you for your guidance and leadership in the PC’s detail. I would not have made it without you. And to your family, may they have peace and comfort during their time of grief.

  • 19 Yashima // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I feel blessed to have worked with Sonny. He had such a big heart and a strong aura. He will forever be admired and missed. RIP Sonny, God is taking care of you now.

  • 20 rodney satterfield // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    It was a sad day,but also a great day to see so many faces from the past who loved this great man. The nypd and the world lost a great man.

  • 21 RET Det AL CRUZ // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Read about Sonnys death and im heart broken.Got to work with Sonny in warrants and felt lucky to have worked with such a quality person.RIP big guy

  • 22 sheila cadet // Jul 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Dear Abby and family, I just want you to know that our family is here for you. We are all thankful that we had the privilege of knowing Sonny for a little while and all of the beautiful memories and kindness will linger in our hearts forever.

  • 23 Louie Franco // Oct 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Sonny was a true Transit warrior with the Transit Police and carried his investigative qualities to the NYPD. Rest in peace brother with your buddy Jack Maple.

  • 24 Manny // Mar 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Just found out, what a lost,rest in peace my

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