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Patrolman Ralph Benton Miller, Sr. | Toronto Police Department, Ohio Toronto Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Ralph Benton Miller, Sr.

Toronto Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, March 26, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 66

Tour: 36 years

Badge # 62

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 3/16/1978

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Miller succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier when he was struck by a vehicle being chased by Wellsville police officers for reckless driving. Patrolman Miller and his partner had setup a roadblock on State Route 7 in an attempt to stop the vehicle. When they saw that the vehicle was not going to stop both officers exited the patrol car to escape the collision.

The suspect vehicle struck the patrol car, which then struck Patrolman Miller. Patrolman Miller was transported to Ohio Valley Hospital and then transferred to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he succumbed to serious head injuries.

Patrolman Miller had served with the agency for 36 years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I am glad that your community has recently honored you and hope that all the future memorial bike rides are successful.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your son Mark and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 26, 2012

 

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