Honoring the Life and Service of Sgt. J. Michael Phillippiby Representative H. Morgan Griffith
Posted on 2014-01-14
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Mr. GRIFFITH of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, Representative Robert Hurt and
I honor the life and service of Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi of
Martinsville, Virginia, who passed away while on duty in a tragic auto
accident on January 11, 2014.
Born in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1948, Sgt. Phillippi graduated from Gate City High School in Gate City, Virginia, Hiwassee Junior College in Madisonville, Tennessee, and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
Sgt. Phillippi dutifully served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a respected member of the State Police for more than 42 years, spending much of his time with the state police office that covers the Martinsville, Henry County, and Patrick County area. He became a sergeant in 1990.
Known by many as ``Flip,'' his dedication and service earned him much praise. Col. Steven Flaherty, the state police superintendent, said, ``Highly respected for his leadership, strong character, integrity, and dedication to mission, Sgt. Phillippi was totally loyal to the troopers he supervised and mentored, and the community he served,'' and Lt. Paul Watts said, ``To have done this job as long he has, he's the type of veteran we all hope that we can be one day.'' Sgt. Phillippi was also a very active and devoted member of the McCabe Memorial Baptist Church. He served the church as a deacon and a member of the pastor search committee, taught Sunday school, and worked with its youth group. He also was a member of the YMCA and the Elks Club.
We are honored to pay tribute to this great man. Sgt. Phillippi will long be remembered throughout Martinsville, Henry County, and Patrick County as well as the Virginia State law enforcement community. Our continued prayers and blessings are with Sgt. Phillippi's wife Peggy Lawrence Phillippi and his other loved ones as they grieve. May God give them comfort during this time.