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Officer Michael Owen Conley | Estes Park Police Department, Colorado Estes Park Police Department, Colorado

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Michael Owen Conley

Estes Park Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Saturday, July 31, 1976

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Age: Not available

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Cause: Drowned

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Officer Michael Conley and Trooper Hugh Purdy, of the Colorado State Patrol, drowned while assisting victims of the Big Thompson Flood.

Officer Conley was off duty at the time and in the area of Big Thompson Canyon when he heard of the need for help. He offered his assistance and was responsible for the rescue of at least 60 people before being killed in the flood.

Officer Conley was survived by his wife.

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Sergeant Willis Hugh Purdy
Colorado State Patrol, Colorado
End of Watch: Saturday, July 31, 1976
Cause: Drowned

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I remember that day. I was eight years old, had been on a family outing in Estes Park and had been through Big Thompson Canyon prior to the flood hitting. It hit home that day that that could have been us. Your heroism is not forgotten.

A Colorado boy in New Mexico
September 29, 2013

 

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