Private George Edward Higgins

Private George Edward Higgins

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, October 20, 1918

George Edward Higgins

Private George Higgins died after contracting the Spanish Flu while in the performance of his duties.

Due to the devastation of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 members of the Pennsylvania State Police had been ordered to perform duties such as, assisting nurses and doctors in taking care of influenza victims, serve as pallbearers of influenza victims, assisting health officers, transporting victims to and from hospitals, and to police the Borough of Exeter after the two members of their police force succumbed to the influenza.

Private George Higgins had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for only 3 months. He was survived by his wife, parents, brother, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Friday, October 18, 1918

communicable disease

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Thank you, sir for your service during this trying time in our nation's history. My grandmother succumbed to the Spanish flu, December 11, 1918.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

October 20, 2018

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