Guard Hodge Cunningham

Photo of Guard Hodge Cunningham
End of Watch: Wed, Oct 3rd, 1923
Date of Incident: Wed, Oct 3rd, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 1 year
Age: 43


Officer Cunningham, Officer V. B. Mattingly and Officer William Gilbert were shot and killed by inmates who were attempting to take over the dining room at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. The three suspects were found dead three days later after officers stormed the dining facility; One had been killed during the ensuing standoff and the other two had committed suicide.

Officer Cunningham died on his 43rd birthday.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Kentucky Department of Corrections Patch
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602
(502) 564-4726


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