Corrections Sergeant Edward T. Cunningham

Corrections Sergeant Edward T. Cunningham

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Monday, September 13, 1971

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Edward T. Cunningham

Corrections Sergeant Edward Cunningham died from injuries sustained in a prison riot at Attica Prison. Six other correctional officers were also killed during the riot.

The leader of the riot was never charged with any crime. After his release from prison he shot and killed Police Officer Norman R. Cerullo and Police Officer Christie D. Masone of the New York City Police Department on April 2, 1978 on a Brooklyn Street.

Sergeant Cunningham was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having fought in the Pacific theater. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and various other medals.

Sergeant Cunningham had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and seven sons. Four of his sons, and two of his grandsons, followed him in this line of work.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Not available

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On this 49th anniversary of your heroic and untimely departure I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection left for you, that you are always remembered by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 13, 2020

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