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Arlington VFW names Phillips Public Servant of the Year

From left, Arlington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1561 Cmdr. Willy Hughes and Public Safety Officer Bill Morse stand with Arlington Police Detective Mike Phillips and Chief Nelson Beazley as Phillips proudly shows off his plaque for the Arlington VFW Public Servant of the Year for North Snohomish County for 2012. - Kirk Boxleitner
From left, Arlington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1561 Cmdr. Willy Hughes and Public Safety Officer Bill Morse stand with Arlington Police Detective Mike Phillips and Chief Nelson Beazley as Phillips proudly shows off his plaque for the Arlington VFW Public Servant of the Year for North Snohomish County for 2012.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

ARLINGTON — Arlington Police Detective Mike Phillips has served with the Arlington Police Department since December of 1997, and on March 18, he was officially recognized as the Arlington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1561 Public Servant of the Year for North Snohomish County for 2012.

Phillips, who's worked in the Arlington Police Department's Investigations Unit since January of 2010, received a plaque and a check for $100 from VFW Post 1561 Cmdr. Willy Hughes and Public Safety Officer Bill Morse at the March 18 Arlington City Council meeting, after being selected from seven North Snohomish County nominees.

Phillips thanked Hughes and Morse, the latter of whom Phillips has worked with due to Morse's membership in the Arlington Police Department's Volunteer Group, for the award, and cited his family's history of military service while expressing his gratitude to the VFW and all members of America's branches of service.

"My father, Dick Phillips, served in the U.S. Army Reserve during the beginning of the Vietnam War, from February of 1964 to February of 1970, as a staff sergeant and the first sergeant of his division's drill sergeant school at Fort Lewis," Mike Phillips said. "My brother, Robert Phillips, is currently a petty officer first class in the U.S. Navy, assigned to a P-3 squadron at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and currently deployed to Okinawa with his unit. I greatly appreciate the men and women of our armed forces. Teamwork on all levels is what makes our country strong, and keeps us safe both at home and abroad."

Phillips will be returning to patrol in January of 2014, and in the meantime, his recommendation for Public Servant of the Year for 2012 has been forwarded by Arlington VFW Post 1561 on up to the Washington state-level VFW competition. Phillips has been married for 13 years, and he and his wife have a 12-year-old daughter.

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