Chief of Police William J. Philpot

Chief of Police William J. Philpot

Orofino Police Department, Idaho

End of Watch Friday, December 3, 1971

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William J. Philpot

Chief 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.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Chief Philpot,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens ofOrofino. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 3, 2021

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