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Hero Down: Frederic County Sheriff’s Deputy 1st Class Kenny Olander Succumbs To Illness

Frederick, MD – Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Deputy 1st Class Kenny “Ken” Olander died on March 3 after battling complications of a recent illness, according to his department.

The 61-year-old deputy passed away at approximately 1 a.m., the FCSO said in a press release later that day.

His exact cause of death was not released.

“It is with profound sadness that I have to share this bad news with our Frederick County family,” Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins wrote. “We have lost one of our own brothers as Kenny passed away peacefully this morning with his family by his side.”

Deputy Olander joined the FCSO in July of 1990, and spent the next 32 years of his life serving his community.

“Kenny has had a distinguished career with our agency and was a very dedicated professional who proudly wore our badge,” Sheriff Jenkins said.

Deputy Olander spent time working in the traffic unit and also served as a patrol operations deputy and school resource officer.

He was the agency’s lead Drug Recognition Expert and was assigned as the community deputy for Myersville at the time of his death.

“Ken had a great personality with a big smile and a laugh you can’t forget,” Sheriff Jenkins said during the fallen deputy’s funeral service on March 8, according to WFMD. “He was as good natured as anyone I can think of, and I can’t think of a single time, not once, where he had anything bad to say about anybody, ever.”

“He had a great temperament, he valued his friends, and Ken was a man of integrity and good character,” the sheriff added.

Deputy Olander leaves behind his wife, Samantha, as well as his children, Sophia, Hugh, and Bailey.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Deputy 1st Class Kenny “Ken” Olander, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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