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Officer Ray Q. Mills | Fortuna Police Department, California Fortuna Police Department, California


Ray Q. Mills

Fortuna Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, March 12, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 8 months

Badge # 64

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Officer Ray Mills was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop.

Officer Mills was assisting another officer who had stopped a car on Northbound Highway 101 just north of Fortuna when he was struck by a drunk driver.

After hitting Officer Mills, the drink driver continued without stopping. Additional officers pursued the drunk driver until he was arrested about one mile north of the scene. Officer Mills was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he died at approximately 3:37 a.m.

Officer Mills had served with the agency for just over a year and half and was survived by his wife and two children.

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Ray Mills was Fortuna's first police officer killed in the line of duty, and I believe he is still the only one. I am the curator at the museum in Fortuna, and we are researching Officer Mills' life in order to be able to honor him in this 50th anniversary year of his death. There are memorial plaques to him in our city park and outside the police department building, but we hope to be able to share more of his story with the people of Fortuna today. If any family member or friend who remembers him would be willing to contact the Fortuna Depot Museum to share recollections, it would be greatly appreciated. From all I have learned, he was a wonderful man, and his loss was deeply felt by the entire community.

Alexandra Service
Fortuna community member
September 8, 2017


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