One century after the unsolved fatal shooting of Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Albert Anderson, the City of Ferndale, along with the Oakland County Sheriff and Honor Guards, will unveil and dedicate a memorial plaque commemorating Deputy Anderson.
The plaque, which outlines Anderson’s life and death, will be dedicated on Saturday, August 12, at 10 a.m. in the median at 9 Mile Rd. and Woodward Ave., near the Crow’s Nest.
Shortly after midnight on August 12, 1917, Anderson and his friend noticed a suspicious person near the intersection of 9 Mile and Woodward—near to where a string of break-ins had been occurring. Anderson began questioning the man, but during a search, the individual shot Anderson and fled the scene. Anderson died of his wound several days later.
It was later discovered that the man had burglarized a business and stolen several dollars in pennies. A $500 reward was offered for any information leading to the arrest of the assailant, but no one was prosecuted for Anderson’s murder.
“The story of Deputy Sheriff Anderson was unknown to us all these years, until Officer Lemke made the discovery during a visit to the Ferndale Historical Museum this spring,” said Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins. “We knew that the important thing to do—the right thing to do—was to bring Anderson’s story to light and honor his memory.”
Anderson, 47, was survived by his wife and their ten children. His surviving grandson and great-grandson are both scheduled to attend the memorial dedication.
The event is open to the public.