Reserve Police Officer Michael Joseph Bannon

Reserve Police Officer Michael Joseph Bannon

Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, October 1, 1918

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Michael Joseph Bannon

Reserve Police Officer Bannon contracted influenza while performing his assigned job duties during the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918.

Reserve Police Officer Bannon served with the Cambridge Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.


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 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness

Epidemic, Spanish Influenza

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