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VACP requests shrouding of badges for State Police Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi

January 11, 2014 | VACP

News Image The VACP requests that Va. law enforcement officers shroud their badges in honor of Virginia State Police Sergeant J. Michael Phillippi through the day of his funeral -- Tuesday, January 14.

Our sincerest condolences to the Sgt. Phillippi's family and friends and to the Virginia State Police.

Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation and Funeral will both be held at McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, 107 Clearview Drive, Martinsville, VA 24412.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014 at McCabe Memorial Baptist Church. 


Funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at McCabe Memorial Baptist Church.

A reception and lunch in memory of Sergeant Phillippi will follow the funeral in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

Directions to McCabe Memorial Baptist Church

From 220 take 220 Business South (Virginia Avenue) towards Collinsville/Martinsville.  Travel 1.3 miles from 220 on Virginia Avenue to the intersection of Kings Mountain Road.  Take a left on Kings Mountain Road from Virginia Avenue.  Travel 5.0 miles on Kings Mountain Road to the intersection of Clearview Drive.  McCabe Memorial Baptist Church is on the left as you clear the intersection.

All Law Enforcement personnel attending the funeral are asked to park across the street from the church at the vacant lot on the corner of Clearview and Northside Streets.


Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, VA 24290.

Directions to Holston View Cemetery

From I-81 south to Tennessee state line continue south .7 miles to Exit 74B onto TN Route 11W to Kingsport, TN.  Go 14.6 miles on TN Rt. 11W south and turn right onto State Route 93 north.  Go 3.5 miles on Route 93 (N. John B. Dennis Hwy) and it turns into VA Route 224.  Continue north on Rt. 224 (Wadlow Gap Road) for 3.3 miles and turn left at the traffic light onto Rt. 23 south.  Go 1.3 miles on Rt. 23 south to the third traffic light and make a right in Holston View Cemetery.

Condolences & Donations

Condolences may be made to: Mrs. Peggy L. Phillippi, 3080 Blue Knob Road, Martinsville, VA 24412.

Memorial donations may be made to the McCabe Memorial Baptist Church Special Occasion Committee Fund, 107 Clearview Drive, Martinsville, VA 24112.

Additional details and obituary can be viewed by visiting:

Virginia State Police Mourn Loss of Sergeant in Henry County Crash

RICHMOND – With heavy hearts, Virginia State Police are still investigating the cause and circumstances surrounding a crash involving a revered Department supervisor. Saturday’s death of Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi became the Department’s 60th line of duty death.

At approximately 2:20 a.m., Saturday (Jan. 11, 2014), the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a vehicle crash in the county on Chatham Road/Route 57, approximately 170 feet west of Route 9728/Pennrail Road. The crash investigation has confirmed that the blue, unmarked Chevrolet Impala was eastbound on Route 57 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a highway sign. The car then crossed back over Route 57, ran off the left side and struck an embankment. The car suffered minimal damage, which suggests that it was not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact.

When rescue crews arrived, they found Sgt. Phillippi still seated inside the crashed patrol car wearing his seat belt. State police were immediately notified and responded to the scene. Phillippi was transported to Martinsville Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later. His remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for autopsy and examination.

“Highly respected for his leadership, strong character, integrity, and dedication to mission, Sergeant Phillippi was totally loyal to the troopers he supervised and mentored, and the community he served,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “His death is being felt across the Commonwealth and especially within the Henry County-Martinsville region, where he has spent the past several decades on patrol.”

The Virginia State Police Salem Division Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. The incident, to include the cause of death, remains under investigation at this time.

Sgt. Phillippi, 65, was working the overnight supervisory shift for the Salem Division at the time of his death. He has spent the majority of his 42 years with the Department assigned to the Virginia State Police Area 42 Office, which encompasses the City of Martinsville and the counties of Henry and Patrick. A native of Gate City, Va., he joined the state police May 1, 1971, and was promoted to sergeant in February 1990. Sgt. Phillippi is survived by his wife.