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Tributes are paid to PSNI officer who was found dead at Portrush station

By Staff Reporter

A PSNI officer who was tragically found dead last week had been due to receive a special honour from the Earl of Wessex for volunteer work.

David Philpot was found at the PSNI station in Portrush on Friday.

It is understood he was a part-time officer in the area and well respected.

Mr Philpot was also a leader in the Northern Ireland Sea Cadets, and had volunteered for more than two decades.

The northern area section of the organisation paid a warm tribute to Mr Philpot, describing his passing as a “sad loss”.

“It is our sad duty to inform, for those who remain unaware, of the untimely passing of TS Duke of York’s Commanding Officer, Lt (SCC) David Philpot RMR,” a spokesperson posted on an official Facebook page for the organisation.

“A true gentleman, David had been a volunteer for over 22 years and his dedication to the Sea Cadets had recently been recognised through a Torch Trust Trophy Award that had been planned for March and to be presented by the Earl of Wessex.

“This award, that is rarely given to Sea Cadet volunteers, marked the particular effort that David made for his cadets in relation to sports and adventurous pursuits.

“David was someone for whom the phrase ‘going that extra mile’ was, if anything, an understatement. He is a sad loss.”

The organisation extended their condolences to Mr Philpot’s family, and added: “Lastly, our thoughts are also with the cadets and volunteers at Portrush, and our hope that they will be inspired by David’s memory than drown in his loss. David would not have wanted it any other way.”

In 2013, Mr Philpot received the Cadet Forces Medal and bar, awarded to recognise 18 years of dedicated and efficient voluntary service.

Scores of people expressed their sadness at his passing on the Facebook post, with many revealing he had inspired them and had a positive influence on many people. Condolences were also sent from colleagues in Glasgow. One person posted simply: “David you made an impact on all who met you.”

Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman said on Friday: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of our colleague.”

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