Patrolman Alonzo Burnham

Patrolman Alonzo Burnham

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, February 19, 1899

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Alonzo Burnham

Patrolman Alonzo Burnham succumbed died of complications of pneumonia that he contracted during the Great Blizzard of 1899 while on duty during his foot patrol beat.

The Great Blizzard of 1899 affected most of the United States, particularly east of the Rocky Mountains. The city of Boston saw temperatures as low as −4°F and more than 16 inches of snow. Patrolman Burnham contracted the cold when the storm hit the city overnight. He continued to work until pneumonia set in. He died in his home after being sick for four days.

Patrolman Burnham had served with the Boston Police Department for 24-1/2 years and was assigned to the the 12th Police District. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 24 years, 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Sunday, February 12, 1899

foot patrol, weather

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We cannot fully honor our heroes of the present without honoring our heroes of the past, Your heroism and service is honored today, the 122nd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. We shall never forget any of our 9/11 heroes.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 12, 2021

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