James H Purdon

End of Watch: Saturday, July 27, 1901

Biographical Info

Age: Not available

Tour of Duty: 32 years

Rank: Patrolman

Assignment: Patrol

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Fire

Date of Incident: July 27, 1901

Incident Location: 400 block of West Jefferson Street

Weapon Used: Not applicable

Case Status: Closed

James Purdon headshot


Patrolman James Purdon was killed in a fire at a photographic supply company in the 400 block of West Jefferson Street, as he attempted to rescue residents who lived in apartments above the supply company.

Patrolman Purdon made his way to the upper floors in an attempt to rescue the residents, but was overcome by smoke and died in the fire.

Patrolman Purdon had served on the department for 32 years. He is survived by his wife and two (2) sons.

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