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Patrolman Charles Tilden Crooker | Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman

Charles Tilden Crooker

Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Monday, October 21, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

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Patrolman Charles Crooker died after contracting the influenza virus while manning a city ambulance during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. It is believed he contracted the virus while tending to victims at a temporary hospital.

Patrolman Crooker had served with the agency for 19 years.

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Charles Tilden Crooker, my great grandfather, died in the line of duty as a result of volunteering to serve on the influenza ward during the great Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Although my grandmother was just six when he died, his portrait in uniform had pride of place in her house until she died. It now hangs in my house.

Scott Steen
Great Grandson
January 12, 2015

 

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