Federal Prohibition Agent Joseph Allen Purvis

Federal Prohibition Agent Joseph Allen Purvis

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, March 30, 1928

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Joseph Allen Purvis

Federal Prohibition Agent Joseph Purvis was killed in an automobile accident while on duty in Seattle, Washington.

Agent Purvis had served in law enforcement for at least eight years. He had previously served as a special agent for a railroad and was a United States Coast Guard veteran.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Washington

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Agent Purvis, on this 87th anniversary of your death, I wish to thank you for doing a job that was unpopular and yet at the time, was necessary. To go out day in and day out making the effort showed true heroism. How tragic that you lost your life doing it.

Thank you for your service to this nation in all the capacities you did and may you be resting comfortably in Heaven. You earned your rest. God Bless you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 30, 2015

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