A spokesperson for Northern Ireland Sea Cadets said last night “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 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.
Thank you to Sgt Crean for his courage and support today amidst the most tragic of circumstances. Our condolences to David’s loved ones. His family has asked for privacy. 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 eighteen years of dedicated and efficient voluntary service in the UK Cadet Force.
Mr Philpot was a serving part time police officer whose body was found in Portrush Police Station yesterday morning. It is understood the death is not being treated as suspicious. A post mortem examination was due to take place yesterday afternoon.
Commenting on the incident, Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of our colleague. They have asked for privacy during this difficult time.”
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