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Patrolman Samuel T. Cunningham | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Samuel T. Cunningham

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 19, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # 5454

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/25/1917

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Arrested

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Officer Cunningham was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in the Inwood section. He was transported to St. Lawrence Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately three weeks later.

The suspect was arrested in New Jersey about six months later. He was a member of the National Guard and had used a weapon stolen from the National Guard Armory to murder Officer Cunningham.

Officer Cunningham was assigned to the 42nd Precinct, the present day 34th Precinct.

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Officer Cunningham is remembered in my family too. His wife was my mother's great aunt Helena, who left Ireland in 1908. Her sister was always reminding the family about Helena. I have wondered how she coped after Samuel's death. I was able to see his badge at the NYPD museum some years ago. I will be thinking of him and of her in June 2017. I know that one of his grandchildren was awarded a Bronze star in Vietnam. There's good stuff in that family still.

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January 16, 2016

 

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