2011-11-17 / Front Page


Two dead as Carmel reels
Black bunting has been installed outside Mahopac FD headquarters while flags have been lowered to half mast at Carmel Town Hall following an unthinkable tragedy that claimed the lives of two long-time and dedicated employees of the Town of Carmel.
Mike PurdyMike PurdyPolice Chief Michael Johnson reported the deaths Thursday of Michael Purdy, 56 and Michael Boccardi, 47, following a murder-suicide.
The tragedy unfolded Wednesday night when at 10 p.m. the Putnam 911 Dispatch Center received a call reporting a double shooting on Woodland Road in the Mahopac Falls section of town.
Officer James Evans was first to arrive and observed a woman attempting to administer CPR to Purdy, who was lying in the driveway with a single bullet wound to the head.
When back-up arrived, officers found Boccardi dead in the passenger seat of a 2000 Mercury Sable that was parked in the same driveway.
The chief said next to Boccardi was a .40 caliber Glock semi- automatic pistol that legally belonged to the shooter.
Johnson told the COURIER an investigation revealed that Purdy, who resided in a small cottage on Woodland Road, returned home from having dinner with Boccardi's estranged wife: "As MaryAnn Boccardi dropped him off, the shooter was waiting in nearby foliage for Purdy to return home. Mr. Purdy was walking towards his residence when Boccardi opened fire, striking Purdy in the head and killing him instantly."
The chief said Boccardi then jumped into the car with his estranged wife and ordered her to drive away. The chief added: "Ms. Boccardi, who was emotionally distraught by her ex-husband's actions, attempted to speak to him when he suddenly turned the pistol on himself and fired one round into his head."
Chief Johnson was emotionally distraught over the senseless deaths of the two men he called "friends. I knew Mike Purdy from fire department functions and seeing him around town working for the Carmel Highway Department. Mike Boccardi and I often talked about a variety of issues. The two men were great guys. I still can't believe this."
Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt was also shocked: "I am totally numb trying to understand what precipitated this horror story. Both Mike Purdy and Mike Boccardi were members of our town highway department family. Purdy worked in the tree division and Boccardi worked on Carmel Police vehicles. They were such great guys. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families at this tragic time."
Mahopac Fire Chief Ron Goodrow remembered Purdy as a "man who was loved by everyone. He joined the fire service in 2001 and quickly moved up the ranks becoming captain. Mike served as our president for the last four years. His approach to life and his sense of humor made him one of our most popular members."

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