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.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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The Influenza pandemic took so many good people during it's run, and law enforcement was not immune. So very tragic for his family.

God Bless you Officer Garland. I'm so pleased that your sacrifice has been recognized here and in time, in D.C.

Rest forever in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 18, 2017

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