GOSHEN — Philip Rissot, a 15-year veteran of the Goshen Police Department, lost his battle with leukemia Tuesday morning, Feb. 4, surrounded by his family.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and brother," Wade Branson, Chief of Police for Goshen PD, said in a statement Tuesday.
Rissot was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2013. In November, 21 of his fellow officers shaved their heads in support. They also worked overtime to cover Rissot's missed shifts and gave their extra wages to help their fellow officer.
The Goshen Police Department also helped Rissot by creating wristbands, T-shirts and other merchandise to help raise funds for Rissot’s family. The money will be used for Rissot’s medical bills and transportation costs as he goes back and forth to Indianapolis, detective Nick McCloughen said.
"His absence will be greatly felt but his spirit and enthusiasm for life will continue to live on through his daughters, wife, family, and friends," Branson said.