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Deadly Affrays; The Violent Deaths of the U.S. Marshals
Robert Ernst  More Info

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The Saginaw County Sheriff's Office, is a full service law enforcement organization. The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office is organized into the three large divisions: Law Enforcement Division; Corrections Division; and, Support Division.  The Law Enforcement Division includes Road Patrol, Detective Bureau and the Records Bureau.  The Corrections Division includes Jail Transport, Plus Office and the County Jail.  The Support Division includes units such as Aviation and Marine.


The Road Patrol and Detective Bureau serve a population of approximately 212,000 citizens. The total area covered in the county includes 810 square miles. The Saginaw County Jail houses 513 inmates on a daily basis.


The Sheriff's Office has contracts with MBS Airport, Juvenile Courts, Saginaw County Health Department, Albee, Maple Grove and Jonesfield Townships, and the Village of Merrill. The Sheriff's Office also provides security for the Saginaw County Courthouse and has transport units that escort inmates throughout the court system and the state. Six full-time employees serve the public with records, gun checks and civil process.


In addition to the full time service provided by the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office, there are also approximately 80 to 100 support officers who serve six (6) support divisions: Aviation, Chaplin/Victim Advocate, Civil Process, Handicap Parking, Emergency Response, Marine Patrol/Dive Team, and Posse. On a yearly basis, the support members who make up these divisions dedicate more than 17,000 hours of service per year to the citizens of Saginaw County.




Robert R. Ernst, a former deputy sheriff with the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office (Michigan).  He is the author of Deadly Affrays. According to the book description, “The United States Marshals became the first federal law enforcement organization when President George Washington signed into law the Judiciary Act on September 24, 1789.  The U.S. Marshals have lost more personnel to violence than any other federal law enforcement agency. 

Robert Forsyth, one of the original thirteen appointees, was the first Marshal killed in the line of duty when he was shot to death while attempting to serve civil papers on a Baptist minister in Georgia.  Since Forsyth’s death, at least 287 additional officers have met violent deaths in almost every imaginable way. These are the stories of those men who were serving their country enforcing the law-- until they became involved in Deadly Affrays.”

Deadly Affrays; The Violent Deaths of the U.S. Marshals has received the following reviews:

Historian Robert Ernst has put together a who's who of members of the U.S. Marshals Service; short biographies of the 288 lawmen of America's oldest federal law enforcement agency killed in the line of duty. The book should give everyone an idea of how dangerous law enforcement was, and still is. --Roundup Magazine, February 2007

Once in a very long while, a book comes along that is truly a researcher's dream. Bob Ernst, a career lawman himself, has now given lawman and outlaw students a compendium of brief life-sketches of U.S. marshals and deputy marshals who gave their lives in the line of duty. There is little to criticize about this fine book. May this book receive the wide-circulation it deserves. --WOLA Journal, Summer 2006

This valuable reference book identifies the U.S. Marshals and how they met their death. Until this work the service had no comprehensive study of its members who died in the line of duty. This work is complete, covering the country from California to Alaska, to the Carolinas and Texas. The work is a gripping theme which is universal, that good men must continue to combat evil. --NOLA Quarterly, Oct-Dec 2006

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