Village Marshal John Phipps

Village Marshal John Phipps

Wood River Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, January 25, 1916

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John Phipps

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).


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related
  • Incident Date Not available

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Marshal Phipps will be honored in front of our new police department as we start to raise funds for an Officer Down Memorial in front of our new building. R.I.P. Sir!

Chief Brad Wells
Wood River (IL.) Police Department

November 5, 2018

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