Police Officer George A. Garland

Police Officer George A. Garland

Gloucester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, May 14, 1919

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George A. Garland

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.

From 1918 to early 1919, the Spanish flu pandemic infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet’s population—and killed approximately 675,000 Americans. Many officers contracted this virus due to the requirements of their job.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 17, 1919

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Officer Garland, it's now been 102 years since a Flu epidemic took your life and now, 102 years later, we are just getting through another Flu epidemic that has taken many lives, including far too many from Law Enforcement. I cannot help but wonder if this will happen again in another 100 years.

Brother, you have not been forgotten. Thank you for your service and God Bless you. May you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 14, 2021

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