Deputy Sheriff Ernest J. Dankert

Deputy Sheriff Ernest J. Dankert

Saginaw County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, August 10, 1979

Ernest J. Dankert

Deputy Dankert suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with a suspect. He was able to take the man into custody but collapsed moment later.

Deputy Dankert had served with the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

Most Recent Reflection

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My faithful servant.
You were called upon to serve others.
You were asked to see, what no man should ever have to see.
To go through, what no man should ever have to go through.
But you did so with pride, honor, and integrity.

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to defend those, who could not defend themselves.
To provide justice to those, who did not respect it.
To lay down your life, if the time called for it.
Again, you did not question what was asked of you.
You did it with love, compassion, and loyalty.

My faithful servant.
In times of adversity, you prayed for strength.
In times of triumph, you praised your Lord.
You served your Country, State, and city proud.
Your service will forever be remembered by the many lives you’ve touched.

My faithful servant.
When your service on this earth is finally complete.
I will welcome you home with open arms.
I will embrace you and proclaim,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

I wrote this after losing a good friend (police officer) to a horrible disease (cancer). I think it applies to all LE officers (that's who I had in mind as I wrote), but it resonates most when we lose someone in the line of duty...RIP my brother.


August 1, 2013

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