Patrolman Samuel T. Cunningham

Patrolman Samuel T. Cunningham

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, June 19, 1917

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Samuel T. Cunningham

Officer Cunningham was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in the Inwood section. He was transported to St. Lawrence Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately three weeks later.

The suspect was arrested in New Jersey about six months later. He was a member of the National Guard and had used a weapon stolen from the National Guard Armory to murder Officer Cunningham.

Officer Cunningham was assigned to the 42nd Precinct, the present day 34th Precinct.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5454

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, May 25, 1917
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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Officer Cunningham is remembered in my family too. His wife was my mother's great aunt Helena, who left Ireland in 1908. Her sister was always reminding the family about Helena. I have wondered how she coped after Samuel's death. I was able to see his badge at the NYPD museum some years ago. I will be thinking of him and of her in June 2017. I know that one of his grandchildren was awarded a Bronze star in Vietnam. There's good stuff in that family still.

S Stack
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January 16, 2016

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