Retired WCSO Deputy Stanley McFadden Honored with Retirement Badge
On March 1st, 2014 Retired Deputy Sheriff Stanley McFadden was presented with his retirement badge and ID card. Deputy McFadden was an Ann Arbor Police Officer who was relentless in his duties once pursuing and capturing a fleeing felon for over a mile through the sewers of Ann Arbor. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office hired McFadden as a Deputy Sheriff in April of 1965. During his tenure he was also part of the Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT).
Stanley enjoyed his work at the Sheriff's Office working with Deputies Leo Borders and Jerry Russo both of whom are memorialized in the Sheriff's Office Hall of Honor. In 1966 he and Deputy Borders were involved in a pursuit which cost Deputy Borders his life and resulted in serious career ending injures for Deputy McFadden. His wife Donna recalled Deputies cashing in their vacation time and bringing envelopes with cash in them to help the family during his recovery.
Deputy McFadden was in the hospital for additional surgeries related to the crash when another comrade, Deputy Russo, lost his life. He checked himself out against his doctor’s advice to attend the funeral. Deputy McFadden assisted in the dedication ceremony of the WCSO Hall of Honor by helping to dedicate the material regarding Jerry Russo as well as providing historical information about each of our fallen officers.
In 1966 workman's compensation did not exist for injured employees. To support his family Deputy McFadden had to return to duty as a deputy without being completely recovered. He was assigned an arson case to investigate and ended up locating and arresting the suspect who resisted arrest. Stanley retired and took a job as an investigator for AAA Insurance following this dangerous incident.
Stanley was presented his retirement badge and ID card at his residence with his family present. He remarked that it is nice to be remembered and that he is very proud of his time at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. He has fond memories of working as a Deputy Sheriff and wished he were still working for the Sheriff’s Office today!