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Chief William Thomas Whitesboro Police Department, Texas

Chief

William Thomas "Will" Miller

Whitesboro Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, December 27, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 12/25/1940

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An accident occurred east of Whitesboro on Highway 82 at the scene of a previous accident which Chief of Police Will T. Miler and other officers were investigating. The lawmen were attempting to slow down passing cars in the fog when one vehicle skidded and struck Chief Miller. He was taken to a Sherman hospital and his condition was not considered serious. His condition grew worse and he died at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 1940.

Miller had served as Chief of Police since the creation of the department in 1935. He was survived by his wife, Matilda, two sons, Carl Miller and Charles Miller, and two daughters, Mrs. James Flowers and Mrs. Lewis Glaslin; two brothers, E.A. Miller and Larry Miller; and a sister, Mrs. John Clark. He was buried in the Basin Cemetery in Grayson County, Texas.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 71rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 27, 2011

 

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