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Corrections Sergeant Edward T. Cunningham | New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

Corrections Sergeant

Edward T. Cunningham

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch: Monday, September 13, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 5

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Not available

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Corrections Sergeant Edward Cunningham died from injuries sustained in a prison riot at Attica Prison. Six other correctional officers were also killed during the riot.

The leader of the riot was never charged with any crime. After his release from prison he shot and killed Police Officer Norman R. Cerullo and Police Officer Christie D. Masone of the New York City Police Department on April 2, 1978 on a Brooklyn Street.

Sergeant Cunningham was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having fought in the Pacific theater. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and various other medals.

Sergeant Cunningham had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and seven sons. Four of his sons, and two of his grandsons, followed him in this line of work.

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Correctional Officer Harrison Whalen
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Police Officer Christie D. Masone
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Sgt. Jim Russo
October 9, 2016

 

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