Officer Philip Closi joined LVMPD on September 13, 2000. He was assigned to the Convention Center Area Command where he worked patrol. During his 21-year Metro career, he collaborated with educators on devising school violence awareness programs. He taught countless teenagers about the dangers of drugs and violence as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer. Off duty, he continued his mentoring of kids as a coach for both of his children’s hockey teams. Closi was passionate about helping others and served on the board of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association. He was known as a dedicated family man whose life reminded fellow officers that their families come first. Closi, 48, died from complications of COVID-19 on August 11, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and children Nicola and Jacob.