Patrolman Lawrence Joseph Nagle

Patrolman Lawrence Joseph Nagle

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, October 3, 1918

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Lawrence Joseph Nagle

Patrolman Lawrence Nagle died after contracting Spanish Influenza while performing his duties five days earlier.

He had responded to numerous residential calls to help sick family members requesting police assistance. He became ill and was transported to City Hospital where he succumbed to complications of Spanish Influenza.

The first case of Spanish Influenza was reported in Boston on August 28, 1918, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths by the end of 1918. Boston Police Officers performed many tasks to help stop the spread of the flu while working an average of 73-98 hours weekly.

Patrolman Nagle served with the Boston Police Department for nine years and was assigned to Division 16.

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.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

Spanish Influenza, Epidemic

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Patrolman Nagle,
On today, the 105th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Boston.


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October 3, 2023

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