In honor and remembrance of Detention Deputy Mark Edward Anderson, Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
“Detention Deputy Anderson was a gentle giant of a man who was respected greatly by his colleagues and by detainees,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. “With its deepest gratitude, the state of Minnesota recognizes Detention Deputy Mark Anderson for his dedicated service to and sacrifice for his fellow Minnesotans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and the community.”
Detention Deputy Anderson dedicated 11 years to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Deputy in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, serving since 2010. He was fulfilling his duties at work when was found unresponsive by his partner. Per Minnesota Statutes, Section 1.51, flags must be flown at half-staff following the death of a public safety officer or Minnesota military personal killed in the line of duty in Minnesota.