unheralded hero

deputy anthony martin

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Oakland County Sheriff's Office

Rank: Deputy

Badge:  Unknown

Served: 23 Years

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Royal Oak Township

Location of Incident (Present Day): Northend and Coolidge in Oak Park, Michigan

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Age at Time of Death: 48


Date of Birth: 28 November 1956

Date of Appointment: 1982

Date of Incident: 3 February 2005

End of Watch: 3 February 2005

Date of Interment: 8 February 2005


Unheralded Hero Investigation Began: 11 January 2022

Accepted By Agency: 22 March 2022

Approved By National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: Pending


Interment Details

 Cemetery: N/A
 Grave Location: N/A
 Interment Disposition: Cremated



 Military Service: No Military Service


Memorial Details

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

Memorial at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum: Not Listed

Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: Not Listed

Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial: Stone 4 Row 28


Incident & Biographic Details

Deputy Sheriff Tony Martin suffered a fatal heart attack after a multivehicle traffic stop.

Two vehicles were involved in a traffic violation and were pulled over. While Deputy Martin and another deputy talked to one driver, the other vehicle sped off. Since they had recorded the other car's plate, they were able to go to the address to investigate. Deputy Martin began to feel unwell, and they cut the investigation short. On the way back to the substation, he suffered a heart attack. Despite calls for assistance and CPR, Deputy Martin was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Deputy Martin had served with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for five years and previously served 18 years with the Oxford Police Department. He was survived by his two daughters, granddaughter, mother, and two brothers.