Sergeant Willis Hugh Purdy

Sergeant Willis Hugh Purdy

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, July 31, 1976

Willis Hugh Purdy

Sergeant Hugh Purdy and Officer Michael Conley, of the Estes Park Police Department, drowned while assisting victims of the Big Thompson Flood.

Sergeant Purdy had been stopping traffic from entering a flooded area when when his vehicle was swept away by flood waters near Drake, Colorado.

Sergeant Purdy had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 26 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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When I learn of a sacrifice like this, I always have two thoughts, and while I'm not much of a Bible person, both come from the Bible;

No Greater Love...

Here I am Lord; Send Me.

Bryan LaVelle, Sgt USAF

February 1, 2018

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