The Erie County Sheriff’s office will honor fallen deputy Fredrick Kaesser Friday, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today. All sworn officers and civilian personnel will wear a black badge band or ribbon on their uniform in Kaesser’s honor.
Kaesser was killed in 1925 after being shot while trailing three armed robbery suspects. He and other sheriff’s deputies, as well as Buffalo police detectives, followed the robbers to the Grimesville Inn in Lancaster.
The proprietor met the officers at the front door, and when they entered, the hotel’s owner, John Ziola, retreated to his room and began firing shots through his closed door. He struck Kaesser in the abdomen.
Kaesser died four days later at Emergency Hospital in Buffalo.
Kaesser’s name was carved onto the Sheriff’s Fallen Deputy Memorial in front of 10 Delaware Ave. earlier this year.