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Private Ben L. Pennington | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas


Ben L. Pennington

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, October 11, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 10/7/1918

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Private Ben Pennington died after contracting the Spanish Flu while assigned to assist with quarantine efforts in El Paso, Texas.

As Spanish Influenza killed millions throughout the world, officials in El Paso requested assistance from the Texas Rangers. Private Pennington and Private Robert E. Hunt were dispatched to keep order. Both men contracted the influenza. Private Pennington became ill on October 7th, 1918, and died on October 11th, 1918. Private Hunt died on October 16th, 1918.

Private Pennington was a well known officer and over his career had been shot 16 times and lost an eye in various gun battles. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in the Jackson Cemetery in Bell County.

Private Pennington had served in law enforcement for a total of 20 years. He had served 12 years as city marshal of Holland, in Bell County, and eight years as an elected Precinct 3 Bell County constable. On October 4th, 1917, at age 56, he enlisted as a Texas Ranger and was posted to Brewster County in far West Texas.

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Private Robert Ernest Hunt
Texas Rangers, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 15, 1918
Cause: Duty related illness

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Rest In Peace Brother. After reading your story, you were a very special officer. We honor you on the 99th anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA
October 11, 2017


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