Patrolman Edward M. Day

Patrolman Edward M. Day

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, October 17, 1918

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Edward M. Day

Patrolman Edward Day died as a result of complications of Spanish Influenza while in the performance of his duties. He was assigned to assist officers with removing bodies from homes who had died from the influenza virus and transporting them to the morgue.

Patrolman Day was taken to City Hospital after falling ill and was under treatment until his death. His son died the same day as a result of complications of influenza at the family home after contracting influenza from his father.

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 Day served with the Boston Police Department for nine years and was assigned to District 2. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Patrolman Day and his son were buried together at Calvary Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts.


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 42
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 8, 1918

Spanish Influenza, Epidemic

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Patrolman Day, it has been 105 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 17, 2023

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