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Patrolman Walter B. Holcomb | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California


Walter B. Holcomb

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, October 21, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

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Patrolman Walter Holcomb died as a result of contracting Spanish influenza. At the time he contracted the disease he was transporting a flu victim to the hospital. The virus was part of a worldwide epidemic at the time.

Patrolman Holcomb had served with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Your sacrifice, sir, will never be forgotten by those of us whose families were affected by the flu epidemic. My grandmother, Mary Estelle Jefferson, also died in 1918 after tending to people who were ill in her neighborhood. Worldwide the Spanish Flu killed millions of people.

Stan Jefferson
October 21, 2016


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