Detective with Lexington Police Department loses cancer battle

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A detective with the Lexington Police Department has died after losing his battle with cancer.

Phillip Harrison was a 19-year veteran of the department.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Lexington Police Department confirmed Harrison died Wednesday morning while in hospice care at St. Joseph Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jana, and a 12-year-old daughter.

“Phillip was a great officer and father, a genuine person with a unique sense of humor,” Chief Mark Barnard said. “He had a wonderful ability to relate and connect with everyone, from the people Phillip encountered through his work to his closest friends. Phillip cared about this community and he will be truly missed.”

News of his death came the same day as the city learned of Lexington firefighter Matt Logsdon's death. He also died Wednesday morning, also from cancer.

Mayor Jim Gray released a statement reacting to both deaths.

“The city lost two members of our public safety family today … Firefighter Matt Logsdon and Police Detective Phillip Harrison. Both put their lives on the line for their community. We honor their service and their sacrifice. And we offer our deepest sympathy to their families.”

Funeral services for Detective Harrison will be held Friday, July 8, at Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday and the funeral will follow at 2 p.m. He will be interred at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens on Harrodsburg Road.

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