Family, friends remember Porter County
Jeff Burton nwi.com May 22, 2012
While taking someone to Porter County Jail, it wasn't
uncommon for Officer Phil Pratt to engage in some
friendly banter or allow the person cuffed in his back
seat to pick the radio station.
"A guy once told him he was the nicest officer that ever
arrested him," said Nick Pratt, Phil's father.
Family, friends and more than 150 police officers from
around Indiana gathered Tuesday to remember Phil Pratt,
24, a Porter County sheriff's officer who was killed
last week in an off-duty motorcycle crash.
While many were brought to tears during the service,
family members and colleagues who spoke at Liberty Bible
Church focused their attention on Pratt's lighthearted
side and his penchant for practical jokes.
"He'd be really mad if he saw how upset we all are by
this," brother Nathan Pratt said.
County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower said he first met
Pratt in 2006, when he delivered a letter to the
Chesterton High School senior congratulating him on
being awarded a scholarship honoring Tim Hecht.
Hecht was a Porter County officer who died during a 1999
"He said he always wanted to be a Porter County police
officer and in 2009 that dream came true," LaFlower
said. "He had integrity like no other."
Lt. Steve Jenkins, Pratt's patrol supervisor, said as a
younger officer, Pratt's peers were always looking out
"Phil, it's your turn to watch out for us," he said.