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Sergeant Willis Hugh Purdy | Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Colorado State Patrol, Colorado


Willis Hugh Purdy

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch: Saturday, July 31, 1976

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Age: Not available

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

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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.

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Officer Michael Owen Conley
Estes Park Police Department, Colorado
End of Watch: Saturday, July 31, 1976
Cause: Drowned

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Everybody new Hugh Purdy in Loveland - CSP #224.

Thinking back 40 years, and remembering as a 21 year old watching the storm from my farm about 10 miles east of the storm. Black black clouds and many many lightning strikes straight west up the canyon, but only half dollar raindrops near me, and not many at that. We combined barley the next day, so the rainfall just a few miles away was minimal.

Thank you officer Purdy for your commitment that night to all those threatened - you saved so many lives.

Todd Anderson
August 2, 2016


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