Thursday, January 14, 2016

Retired Sergeant Phil Chesney Dies

Philip C. Chesney of Loganville, Georgia passed away on January 11, 2016 after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

 Philip is survived by his wife, Linda M. Chesney, daughters, Tracy (Chad) Weaver of Mount Holly, North Carolina, and Heather (Jason) Abner of Loganville, Georgia, grandchildren, Houston and Brinley Abner of Loganville, Georgia, Zach Weaver of Mount Holly, North Carolina and Chase Weaver of Charlotte, North Carolina.

 Philip was a DeKalb County Police Officer for 33 years and served two tours in the United States Marine Corps.

 Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, Georgia and funeral service will be on Friday, January 15 at 11 AM at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Grayson, Georgia. Interment will be in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Highlands Presbyterian Church, 830 Grayson Parkway, Grayson, Georgia 30017.


Anonymous said...

Phil was a great guy... Good personality, easy to work for and with....
I have often wondered how he was doing and was very sad to hear of his passing.
I attended the visitation last night and expressed condolences to the family, as did the few DKPD folks who were there.
I know Phil has been gone for a while but I was a bit surprised to see the light turnout from DKPD. It was not the typical turnout for a fellow officer. I do think his wife was glad to see some representation though.
Rest in peace Phil!!!! Thirty years DKPD, Two stints in the Marine Corps.... Raised a good family. You have earned the rest my friend.


Anonymous said...

PC 110 was the best of the best !

Anonymous said...

Super nice guy. He was retired when i started and i would check on him when he worked security at the ellis dealership s on p.i.b. i heard he was a cops cop. That he could catch 42 perps all the time.
Rip brother in blue

Anonymous said...

A very different generation, time, and breed of officer. If you were fortunate enough to ever wear those navy blues then you know EXACTLY what it meant to be a real Dekalb Officer when police work was revered as what was necessary to keep a civilized society. Most days now I just shake my head in disbelief. Godspeed Sgt.

Anonymous said...

To Jan 16th at 4:37 PM.....

What you said speaks volumes.
RIP Sgt. We miss you.

Anonymous said...

Sgt Chesney was a very good sergeant.. i still use all of the advice he gave to me when i was a rookie cop.

Doc J. said...

P.C. was a great patrolman,back in the day. Not only did he know his territory,he knew the people that lived there,merchants,business owners,and all. P.C.knew his job,and the law,backwards and forward. He was one of my first sergeants,when I started my long career in 72. He took care of his people,most especially,me. He could have burnt my ass ,and hung me out to dry,*beaucoup* times.(that's Vietnamese for many). He loved his job,and all the officers that not only worked for him,but worked for this department,as well. I'm pretty sure that his love and loyality to and for all of us *snuffies*,is the major reason that he was never promoted above the rank of sergeant. Sgt Chesney was a *a real policeman's policeman*. His kind come along,only once in a blue moon. He was not only a fellow marine,and a brother officer,but most importantly,he was my friend. I will miss him.

Doc J said...

Sgt Chesney was a *policeman's policeman*. He was a fair man,treating all with the respect and dignity that we deserved. He saved my ass,countless times,back when Sgt's handled complaints against all of the officer's. After one of his many counselling's,I was never quiet sure,if I had just got my narrow ass chewed out,or not. He made me a better officer by just working for him,and with him. P.C.had the innate ability to remain calm,reasonable,and most important,understanding,on the many occurrences,when I would *nut up*. He could *talk me off the ledge*,and make my *agent orange*calm down. He helped all of us young,disillusioned vet's,from the grunt patrolman to the helicopter pilot's,feel wanted and appreciated,for once,in a long,long time. P.C. was much more than just a Sgt.,to so many of us,especially during those dark days of our lives. I guess I said all of that,simply say this. There was a handful of the *old school* police officer's at P.C.'s funeral,maybe 8,or 10 or so,and one young Dep Chief,that I happened to train in the academy. The P.D. motor unit escorted,as sharp as ever,and a Marine Honor Guard performed *old sarge's*ceremony with precision. After the ceremony concluded,and,everyone had departed,I sat in the empty chapel,just me and him,just like back in the old day's. I couldn't stand the thought of him being there all alone,especially after he had been there for me so many times. As a matter of fact, I stood out in the driving rain,just me and him,while they placed him in the wall. Phil Chesney was my brother officer,my fellow Marine,but always my friend,up and down,good times and bad. I will miss him. Fair winds,and following seas. Semper Fi,P.C.,Semper Fi .

Anonymous said...

I knew Phil back in the 70's. He was a Detective with Dekalb Co. PD, and I was a Reserve
Deputy with the Sheriff's Office. We didn't always see eye-to-eye on procedure, but he
was as GOOD a person as you would ever want to know. He brought his soon to be wife by
the Sears where I worked; when he introduced her, he was surprised I didn't recognize her
as she was a high school classmate of mine from N.C. He kidded me about that awhile. I
lost contact with him after moving to Gwinnett Co.
I am sorry to hear of his passing belatedly and therefore not able to convey the proper respect he so richly deserves; he will always be my brother in Blue.
Heaven is a little safer now; another MARINE is standing watch.