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Patrolman Samuel B. Eldridge | Johnstown Police Department, Pennsylvania Johnstown Police Department, Pennsylvania


Samuel B. Eldridge

Johnstown Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, May 31, 1889

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

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Patrolman Samuel Eldridge drowned during the Johnstown Flood while attempting to assist other residents of the borough.

A severe storm produced heavy rains starting at approximately 11:00 pm on May 30th, 1889, causing two rivers surrounding Johnstown to overflow their banks. Flood waters approximately 10 feet deep converged on the borough throughout the day. Patrolman Eldridge, who was off duty, told his family that it was his duty to assist other residents and left his house, at 280 Apple Alley, at approximately 3:00 pm.

At approximately 4:00 pm a large dam broke approximately 14 miles upstream of Johnstown, sending 20-million gallons of water downstream and into Johnstown. Most of the town was destroyed and a total of 2,209 people were killed as a result of the dam's failure. Patrolman Eldridge's family survived after seeking refuge in their attic.

Patrolman Eldridge was survived by his wife and three children. He is buried in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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Patrolman Eldridge,
On today, the 127th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Johnstown.


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May 31, 2016


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