Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


You gave your all to protect and serve us, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi, 65

Virginia State Police

January 11, 2014 – Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi was traveling at a low speed when his unmarked Impala ran off the side of the road and struck a road sign, then crossed the highway and struck an embankment. Responding deputies found Sgt. Phillippi seated in the car and wearing his seat belt. Although the car suffered minimal damage, Sgt. Phillippi passed away in the hospital a short time later.

Sgt. Phillippi, a 42-year veteran of the VSP, is survived by his wife.

Deputy Sheriff David “Bubba” Johnson, 52

Montgomery County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office

January 12, 2014 – Deputy Sheriff Bubba Johnson was killed when his patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree.