Police Officer John H. Dames

Police Officer John H. Dames

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, January 12, 1872

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John H. Dames

Police Officer John Dames contracted smallpox while in the performance of his duty during an epidemic in Baltimore.

Police officers were used by the health department to assist in counting and notifying the health department of cases of smallpox identified during their patrol. Officers frequently came in contact with infected persons which increased their risk of contracting the disease. Officer Dames died of the disease on January 12th, 1872.

Police Officer Francis Fullum and Police Officer James Harvey also died that year of smallpox.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness

communicable disease

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Officer Dames,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baltimore.


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January 12, 2022

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