Police Officer Jerry Foster Philpot, II

Police Officer Jerry Foster Philpot, II

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, May 25, 1995

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Jerry Foster Philpot, II

Officer Jerry Philpot was shot and killed by suspected gang gunfire around 9:30 p.m. One suspect was killed and three others were taken into custody.

The shooter was sentenced to life and died in prison.

Officer Philpot is survived by his wife, child, parents, sister, and brother. During his six years with the department, he earned a number of honors including two citations and one lifesaving award.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3701

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Died in prison

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Dear Jerry, I took care of you as you came into Detroit Receiving. I was a respiratory therapist (studying to become a trauma /Pulmonary intensivist). I was with you and talked to you the whole 2 hours (?). I did everything in my power to save you and I fought as hard as you were fighting. Your life crossed my path and in doing so you became my Guardian Angel. I still carry since that day your photo and badge number with me, it is in my phone now. I look at it on the hard/bad days to remind myself to keep going. You were my first LEO death and you know how hard I worked. The moment you let go , I remember touching your hand as i left the open trauma bay. I had to walk out into the hallway filled with your LEO family and other 1st responders. All I could say is “ I am , so sorry”. The looks on their faces and the tears in their eyes as I walked through them broke my heart and it told me what kind of man you were. I was very young and it impacted my life in so many ways. It confirmed that my calling, of service to others was my path. I still continue my ED and ICU work. I have done disaster medical work/also taught it all over the world. I became a Vol.FF/medic for 5 years in NY , an outdoor emergency medicine instructor for the National Ski Patrol. I worked teaching “Devil Docs”new skills in San Diego as they went with the Marine’s into Iraq and Afghanistan. I spent 3 months in a C19/ ICU unit in NYC recently. I am currently in Florida working in the ED and in the C19/ ICU unit. You have touched so many lives through me. Thank you publicly for your service and watching over me

Catherine Paulina Wojtaszek
Medical Care

July 5, 2020

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