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Captain Charles Owen Purdin | Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma


Charles Owen Purdin

Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 17, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Motorcycle crash

Incident Date: 7/31/1957

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Captain Purdin died of injuries he received when he was involved in a motorcycle accident. Captain Purdin was escorting a funeral procession when his department motorcycle was stuck from behind by an automobile. Captain Purdin suffered a broken leg and a fractured thigh. Captain Purdin's leg did not heal and it had to be amputated. While he was recovering at a hospital a blood clot moved from his inured leg to his heart, killing him.

Captain Purdin had served with the Muskogee Police Department for 20 years and was survived by his wife and four children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 55th 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.

Time never diminishes respect. You will always be remembered and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
September 17, 2012


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