Incident Location: 400 block of West Jefferson Street
Weapon Used: Not applicable
Case Status: Closed
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.