Captain Charles Owen Purdin

Captain Charles Owen Purdin

Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, September 17, 1957

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Charles Owen Purdin

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.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 31, 1957

funeral escort

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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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