Olmsted County deputy fatally stricken on job at Rochester jail

ROCHESTER, Minn. — An Olmsted County detention deputy died Thursday after suffering an apparent medical emergency at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center in Rochester.

Mark E. Anderson, 52, was pronounced dead at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys after he suffered an apparent medical event, Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson announced Friday.

Anderson was found about 9:30 a.m. in the employee men’s locker room at the jail. His colleagues started lifesaving measures before members of the Rochester Fire Department and Mayo Ambulance Service arrived.

Anderson, who had been with the department for more than a decade, was assigned to the jail’s program division. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, Anderson worked for Olmsted County as a counselor as well as several other positions.

“We extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers in this difficult time and join with his family and friends to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of Deputy Mark Edward Anderson,” Torgerson said.

Anderson is the first Olmsted County deputy to die while on duty since the 1970s when deputy Jack Warner was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

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