Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Deputy Frank B. Ackermann

Deputy Sheriff Frank B. Ackermann
Bexar County Sheriff's Department, TX
Born: May 7, 1883
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Monday, September 20, 1937
Date of Incident: Saturday, September 18, 1937
Age: 54
Tour of Duty: 9 months
Suspect Info: Ray Prior, charged with murder
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Buried: Bueche Cemetery, owned and cared by family, Texas Historic Cemetery
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments
TPOM: 05, C, 13

On September 18, 1937, Deputy Frank B. Ackermann and Special Deputy Lennis Brice went to the I.& G.N. Hotel, located at 118 Medina Street, answering a call for a drunken man with a gun. Upon entering the hotel, Deputy Ackermann encountered Ray Prior, from Donna, TX, in the hotel lobby with a gun. Deputy Ackermann chased Prior up the stairs to the entrance of the second floor where a gun battle took place. Deputy Ackermann and Prior were wounded in the exchange of gunfire. On September
20th, Deputy Ackermann died of his wounds at Santa Rosa Hospital. He had served as a Peace Officer for five years, acting as an agent for the Landowners and Hunters Association before becoming a Deputy Sheriff on January 1, 1937.

Deputy Ackerman was survived by his wife, Mrs. Iva Ackermann; four brothers, Ed, Alfred, and Dewey Ackermann of Pratt, and George Ackermann of Wetmore; two sisters, Mrs. Edwin Uecker and Mrs. E. H. Klaus of San Antonio, and three stepsons, Kenneth, Joe and Norman Jones. Internment was in Bueche family cemetery. ---San Antonio Light

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