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Village Marshal John Phipps | Wood River Police Department, Illinois Wood River Police Department, Illinois

Village Marshal

John Phipps

Wood River Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 25, 1916

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Age: 58

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Animal related

Incident Date: Not available

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Village Marshal John Phipps succumbed to rabies as a result of being bitten by a rabid dog.

The dog had bitten a young girl and, as Marshal Phipps attempted to kill it, the dog also bit the officer. After showing symptoms of the disease, he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he later died.

Marshal Phipps was survived by wife and 12 children (several from two previous marriages).

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Marshall Phipps, on the hundredth anniversary of your death may you rest knowing that your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Senior Parole Officer Frederick Germain
January 25, 2016


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