William J. Philpot

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Department: 
Orofino Police Department
Age: 
61
Tour of Duty: 
30 years
Badge Number: 
Not available
Cause of Death: 
Automobile accident
End of Watch: 
Friday, December 3, 1971

Chief of Police Philpot was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 12 while he and another officer travelled to Lewis-Clark State College to attend a federal certification test. Chief Philpot’s patrol car was struck by another vehicle and crashed.

Chief Philpot had been in law enforcement for 30 years and had served as chief for 28 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.