Deputy DeFilipps recognized by 1,100 law enforcement officers at Policeman’s Ball in Rochester

Staff Reports Posted 28 June 2016 at 12:00 am

Provided photo, Badge of Honor Association

ROCHESTER – Jim DeFilipps, an Orleans County deputy, addresses 1,100 law enforcement officers on June 18 during the Policeman’s Ball in Rochester.

DeFillipps, the 2015 New York State Deputy of the Year, was one of three law enforcement officers involved in critical incidents who were recognized by the Badge of Honor Association. DeFilipps was honored for going “above and beyond the call of duty.”

DeFilipps was shot twice in a shootout at 3 a.m. on March 21 following a high-speed chase with James Ellis of Wyoming County. DeFilipps was the first police officer on scene when Ellis wrecked his vehicle in Clarendon on Route 31A.

Police were pursuing Ellis after a 911 call when he threatened an ex-girlfriend in Shelby with a gun. Ellis had fled to a nearby wooded area in Clarendon and opened fire on DeFilipps and other deputies and police to arrive on the scene.

DeFilipps, despite getting hit twice by gunfire, shot Ellis, killing him and ending his threat. For his acts of valor, DeFilipps was named Deputy of the Year for 2015 by the New York State Sheriff’s Association.