The Passing of Ralph M. Purdy President Emeritus of United Federation of Special Police & Security
Tarrytown - On Monday, November 23, 2020, Ralph Martin Purdy, of Tarrytown, NY, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 84.
Ralph was born on November 10, 1936 in Ossining, NY, to Stanley and Mary (Grady) Purdy. He was a graduate of Ossining High School and the went on to serve active and reserve duty with the United States Army while attaining the rank of Sergeant. In 1958, he began his law enforcement career as a security guard with the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
In 1960, he was appointed a police officer with the Town of Greenburgh, NY and in 1967 was named "Police Officer of the Year," by the Hartsdale Exchange Club. He was later promoted to Detective, then to Detective Sergeant. Ralph served as the President of the Greenburgh Police Association for ten years, as well as the Westchester County Police Conference, Inc; the Tri-County Federation of Police, Inc. and the United Federation of Special Police & Security Officers, Inc. Ralph negotiated the first police contract in the state of New York under the Taylor Law, in 1967.
Ralph had a passion for golf and was an active member of Knollwood Country Club where he served as a past president.
In 2017, in recognition of his contributions to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Ralph was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from former United States Attorney General John Ashcroft in Washington, DC.
The Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions LEOSU-DC and our entire Executive Board wish to extend our condolences to Ralph's wife Karen and his family and friends.