Patrolman Roy Charles Liesveld

Patrolman Roy Charles Liesveld

Moline Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, December 6, 1918

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Roy Charles Liesveld

Patrolman Roy Liesveld died as a result of complications after contracting the Spanish Influenza while on duty.

He was in charge of driving the city ambulance to deliver influenza patients to and from the hospital during an outbreak in the city. Patrolman Liesveld also carried several patients to the city ambulance from their homes so they could be seen by health professionals. It was while doing this work that Patrolman Liesveld became ill and was confined to a bed. Knowing he was greatly needed, Patrolman Liesveld left his bed and went back to his post where he was taken ill again and was confined back to his bed at his home where he died of complications of the Spanish Influenza.

Patrolman Liesveld served with the Moline Police Department for three years. He was survived by his parents, wife, and daughter.

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 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 26, 1918

Spanish Influenza

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