Patrolman Lawrence Robert Graham

Patrolman Lawrence Robert Graham

Dayton City Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, October 7, 1918

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Lawrence Robert Graham

Patrolman Lawrence Graham succumbed to complications of Spanish Influenza while enforcing health orders and operating ambulances due to the outbreak of Spanish Influenza in Dayton.

Dayton City Police Officers had been ordered to close saloons that violated health orders, man ambulances, keep crowds from gathering, and remove corpses. More than 700 citizens died from the Spanish Influenza between October 1918 and January 1919. As a result of stopping the spread of the flu and maintaining order in the city of Dayton, many members of the Dayton City Police Department became ill with the flu, and six officers died.

Patrolman Graham served with the Dayton City Police Department for less than two years. He was survived by his wife, father, three brothers, and two sisters.


Effects of Spanish Flu on Law Enforcement

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.

The names of every officer who died in the line of duty from the Spanish Flu will likely never be known, but ODMP researchers continue to uncover new cases as part of our mission to never forget the fallen.

Please click here to view ODMP's Spanish Flu memorial listing all known fallen officers from the pandemic.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 28, 1918

communicable disease, Spanish Influenza

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Lawrence Robert Graham of the Dayton City Police Department, Ohio and the additional 80 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 7, 2022

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