Deputy Frederick Kaesser
(1893 – 1925)
A 7-year veteran of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office was shot while participating in a raid at the Grimesville Inn in Lancaster on July 28, 1925, and died from his wounds on August 1, 1925, The inn was suspected of being the headquarters of a gang of burglars and highwaymen. Five deputies, including Deputy Kaesser, and two Buffalo Police Officers arrived at the Inn and were admitted by the proprietor. After allowing them inside, the proprietor retreated to his bedroom, shut the door, and began shooting, mortally wounding Deputy Kaesser and wounding a second deputy. Deputy Kaesser succumbed to his wounds three days later. The individual who shot him was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
Deputy Kaesser’s name appears on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial (on Panel 11-E: 29) in Washington D.C.