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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 70 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 70

(By Senators Hall, K. Facemyer and Plymale)


Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 40-35-0.04 located on U. S. Route 35 crossing I-64 in Scott Depot, Putnam County, the "Trooper William 'Bill' Phillips Memorial Bridge".

Whereas, William "Bill" Phillips was born on September 28, 1953, in Elkins, West Virginia, the son of Howard and Jeanette Phillips; and
Whereas, William "Bill" Phillips subscribed to the ideals of freedom and liberty and, prior to his career in the West Virginia State Police, he served full time in the United States Air Force for four years as a member of the Strategic Air Command here in the United States, as well as in Turkey; and
Whereas, William "Bill" Phillips was sworn into the West Virginia State Police Academy in January, 1979; and
Whereas, Upon graduation from the West Virginia State Police Academy in June, 1979, Trooper William "Bill" Phillips was assigned to the Winfield Detachment of the West Virginia State Police until May, 1987, when he was transferred to the West Virginia State Police Headquarters in South Charleston; and
Whereas, While upholding the law and keeping his neighbors safe, Trooper William "Bill" Phillips tragically died while on duty in a motor vehicle accident on U. S. Route 35 on July 30, 1987; and
Whereas, Although Trooper William "Bill" Phillips' work in Putnam County only spanned eight years, his professionalism and dedication to his career left an indelible impression on many in the county. His service was not on corporate boards, but directly to friends and neighbors who may have needed snow plowed or help with building a deck or an ear for listening; and
Whereas, Among his many activities in Putnam County, Trooper William "Bill" Phillips was a member of the Putnam County EMS, the West Virginia State Police SWAT and Dive Teams, and also raised funds and participated in the Special Olympics Law-Enforcement Torch Run; and
Whereas, Trooper William "Bill" Phillips was a dedicated family man, married eleven years to Joan Antolini Phillips, M. D., and was the father to two beautiful daughters named Heather Lyons and Laura Fullerton; and
Whereas, Many people in the Putnam County area held Trooper William "Bill" Phillips in such high regard that at least three boys have been named William in his memory; and
Whereas, Trooper William "Bill" Phillips was also an active member of the Catholic Church of the Ascension where he belonged to the Knights of Columbus; and
Whereas, The ultimate sacrifice of this brave and courageous son of West Virginia requires us to honor Trooper William "Bill" Phillips by ensuring that future generations are aware of his sacrifice in the cause of law, order and freedom; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 40-35-0.04 located on U. S. Route 35 crossing I-64 in Scott Depot, Putnam County, the "Trooper William 'Bill' Phillips Memorial Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the "Trooper William 'Bill' Phillips Memorial Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and the family of Trooper William 'Bill' Phillips.
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