Patrolman Cornelius Cuttrell

Patrolman Cornelius Cuttrell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, October 13, 1918

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Cornelius Cuttrell

Patrolman Cornelius Cuttrell died as a result of complications of Spanish Influenza during an outbreak inside the 74th Police Precinct.

Patrolman Cuttrell and Patrolman Lawrence Hennessey were both assigned to a booth inside the station when they both became severely ill. During the outbreak inside the station, 17 officers became ill and were put on sick leave.

Patrolman Cuttrell had served with the New York City Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

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 13 years
  • Badge 1705

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 6, 1918

communicable disease, Spanish Influenza

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