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Name : Cunningham, Samuel 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 5454 Command: 042 Pct.
Date of Death: 1917-06-19   Cause of Death: Shot-Arrest G.L.A.
 While the official NYPD Memorial list gives the LOD date of death of Ptl. Samuel T. Cunningham as February 15, 1917, this is incorrect. Ptl. Cunningham was shot on May 25, 1917 and died from his injuries on June 19, 1917.

On June 19, 1917, Ptl. Samuel T. Cunningham #5454 of the 42nd (34th) Precinct, died from injuries he sustained on May 25, 1917.

On that date he was on patrol riding a motorcycle, when he stopped for investigation an automobile at 207th St. and B?way in the Inwood section of Manhattan. The driver of the car produced a gun and shot at Cunningham.

Cunningham was wounded but as the car was pulling away he was able to get off one shot which struck the driver in his back. The car had been stolen from the area of 96th St. and Broadway. After making a getaway from Ptl. Cunningham the driver wrecked the auto when he ran into a pillar of the elevated subway at 10th Ave. and 205th Street.

Ptl. Cunningham was taken to St. Lawrence Hospital, where he died from his wounds on June 19, 1917. The murderer of Samuel Cunningham was not located and arrested until Dec. 2, 1917, when George Walter Stivers was traced to the Home Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.
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Comments from Friends    
Rest in peace brother.

— sjs
Posted: December 15, 2006, 12:43 pm

Rest In Peace Cunningham.
— Bronx Irish
Posted: June 19, 2010, 1:31 am

I have family that lives a minute from that location and its a shame that nothing commemorates po cunning hams ultimate. Sacrifice every time
— Dave
Posted: December 3, 2012, 1:53 pm

Ptl Cunningham, you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Samuel,
— Tommy
Posted: June 19, 2013, 4:16 am

Samuel we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 18, 2014, 8:38 pm

Samuel we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 5, 2015, 7:03 am

Samuel, Rest in peace. Patricia
— Patricia Skrocki
Posted: June 19, 2016, 8:05 am



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