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Patrolman Charles Tilden Crooker

Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 21, 1918

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Reflections for Patrolman Charles Tilden Crooker

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 21, 2022

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

I've heard many stories of his youth and his appointment to the first Police Dept. in Quincy and the tragic ending of his life.
Ironically today we are experiencing the same apprehensions the residents faced so long ago.

William E. Crooker

March 26, 2020

Charles Tilden Crooker was my grandfather, and although he died almost 30 years before I was born, I grew up with the knowledge of how he had died during the Spanish Flu epidemic. Two of his sons grew up and became Quincy Police officers. I continue to be very proud of these brave men, and of all who choose to serve our country.

Deborah Crooker Russell

March 26, 2020

Ptl. Charles Crooker, 102 years has passed since you gave everything for the
people of the City of Quincy, while assigned to the Neighborhood Club, which was set up as a temporary hospital to assist people who were dying from influenza you came down with the deadly disease which took your life. Today we have a
deadly virus taking hold in our Country and again there are Police Officers being assigned to assist the sick people. God bless you, Ptl. Crooker, for your ultimate sacrifice. Could you bestow a blessing on today's Police Officers and keep them
safe from the Coronavirus.

Retired Ptl. Bobby Curtis
Quincy Police, Ma.

March 16, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 100th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 21, 2018

Patrolman Crooker,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Quincy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 21, 2018

Charles Tilden Crooker, my great grandfather, died in the line of duty as a result of volunteering to serve on the influenza ward during the great Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Although my grandmother was just six when he died, his portrait in uniform had pride of place in her house until she died. It now hangs in my house.

Scott Steen
Great Grandson

January 12, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 21, 2010

Patrolman Crooker, on this 90th anniversary of your passing, I find your story to be a sad reminder that Police Officers can give their lives in the service of others in so many different ways, none less tragic than another. That horrific epidemic took so many innocent lives and despite those risks, you were there on the front lines helping. You could have walked away to shield yourself, but you didn’t. You gave your life in the hopes of making someone else well, or at least comfortable during a serious illness. If that’s not the sign of a hero, nothing is.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 21, 2008

Patrolman Crooker,
On today the 89th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Quincy.



October 21, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.


October 17, 2007

God Bless you, your remembered during
this season!

Det. Bob Curtis
Quincy Police

December 19, 2005

Patrolman Crooker, you are not forgotten

October 21, 2005

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