Sergeant Willis Hugh Purdy

Sergeant Willis Hugh Purdy

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, July 31, 1976

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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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We were headed east bound highway 34, just east of Idlewild Dam, at the big bend below the dam when a Colorado State Patrol car was driving west bound. In the vehicle was my father Ronald M. Schuette, mother Shirley M. Schuette, grandfather Robert Kuhlmann and myself Tim Schuette. We were probably the last to see this patrolman, as we were racing out of the canyon.

Tim Schuette
Survivor of the Thompson Flood

March 1, 2018

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