Porter County Sheriff's Office

In Memory



Phillip Ryan Pratt, age 24, of Valparaiso, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

He was born October 1, 1987 to Nick and Diana (Foddrill) Pratt.

Phillip graduated from Chesterton High School in 2006 and the Indiana University Police Academy in 2008.

He served with the Indiana University Police Department while on campus and was currently a Patrolman with the Porter County Sheriff's Police where he had served since June 22, 2009.

Phil was a member of Porter County Conservation Club, attended Liberty Bible Church, enjoyed paintball and target shooting, and had been heavily involved in Motocross as a teen.

Survivors include his parents: Nick and Diana Pratt of Valparaiso; brothers: Jason Nicholas (Robyn) Pratt of Indonesia and Nathan William (Lori) Pratt of Valparaiso; fiance, Taylor Tice and her mother, Tammy Tice; brother, Jake Tice and the Burton family; grandmother, Marie Zappe of Hobart; grandfather, Jack Foddrill of Tennessee; nephew, Masen Pratt; nieces: Samantha and Abigail Pratt; many loving friends; and his loyal Akita/Shepherd mix, "Dexter".

A visitation will be held Monday, May 21, 2012 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Liberty Bible Church Sacred Grounds Sanctuary (enter doors "A" or "B"), 824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the church's main sanctuary with Chaplain Jay Birky officiating.

Burial to follow at Angelcrest Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) or M.A.F. (Mission Aviation Fellowship).

Family, friends remember Porter County sheriff's officer

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 training exercise.

"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 for him.

"Phil, it's your turn to watch out for us," he said.

Final 10-42 for Porter County Officer Phil Pratt
1999-2015 Porter County Sheriff. All rights reserved. Page design by Edie Hahn.