Patrolman Charles Tilden Crooker

Patrolman Charles Tilden Crooker

Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 21, 1918

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Charles Tilden Crooker

Patrolman Charles Crooker died after contracting the influenza virus while manning a city ambulance during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. It is believed he contracted the virus while tending to victims at a temporary hospital.

Patrolman Crooker had served with the agency for 19 years.

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.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness


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Wow! This article was recently shared with me. It is eerie to see his name, for my Dad’s name is Charles Tilden Crooker. This was his Grandfather and my Great-Grandfather. My Dad’s Father was Tilden Crooker.

Cathy Crooker Manley

March 27, 2020

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