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Police Officer George A. Garland | Gloucester Police Department, Massachusetts Gloucester Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer

George A. Garland

Gloucester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 14, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 4/17/1919

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Police Officer George Garland died after contracting the flu while assigned to emergency duty at the emergency hospital, which had been set up in the old armory on Duncan Street, during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

He contracted the flu and pneumonia, and died from the effects of the illness on May 14th, 1917.

Officer Garland was a widower who was survived by his four children, mother, sister, and two brothers.

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The Influenza pandemic took so many good people during it's run, and law enforcement was not immune. So very tragic for his family.

God Bless you Officer Garland. I'm so pleased that your sacrifice has been recognized here and in time, in D.C.

Rest forever in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department
October 18, 2017


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