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Officer Raymond E. Miller | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

Officer

Raymond E. Miller

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 14, 1985
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Reflections for Officer Raymond E. Miller

 

Rest in peace brother. May the good lord watch over you and your family.

N.Y.PD. Lt. Ray Flores
Retired
August 14, 2016

1983, Ray was one of few officers that reached out to us "girls" fresh from the academy! Ray was a teddy bear! So many memories of him, visiting him in the hospital after the accident, sitting laughing. (his request was a playboy mag)I was embarrassed, but I bought him the latest one! off he went on a flight to the bay area, and died in flight. I still carry his whistle. RIP Ray.

retired, CHP C. Stevens 10597
CHP
May 28, 2016

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 24, 2015

Ray was my Uncle and 31 years later, I still think of him often. I wish my wife and 4 children could have had a chance to know him. He truly loved his job. I once did a ride along with him on I-5, and WOW ! I learned so much and even considered following in his footsteps. To all those who have responded to this site, thank you.

Blake Miller
nephew
July 26, 2015

I worked the graveyard shift in Bakersfield with Ray; early 1980's. When it was time to work, he worked with dedication and efficiency. When it was time to relax it sometimes was at an all-nite restaurant off the 99 in south Bakersfield. Often he spoke lovingly of his family. And I will never forget that smoothe, calm accent. Disarmed more than one irate motorist, I can tell you.

Tim Liddell 5342 CA Hwy Patrol (retired)
March 29, 2013

Ray was my mentor, took me under his wings, gave me his whistle during a office class inspection! Ray loved his family and was a #1 CHP officer. Ray's whistle, on my key ring, never blown. I

ch mitchell
chp
October 8, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Miller. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
October 22, 2009

Officer Miller,
Thank you for your service you are not forgotten.

Linda
Mother in law CHP John Miller EOW 11-16-07
April 9, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
November 21, 2007

Been a lot of years since you left us Ray.. I remember getting the news at the afternoon briefing before hitting the road that day. It still saddens me terribly that some of our brothers and sisters don't make to retirement. Most of us who do consider ourseveles lucky and very greatful..The Blue and Gold will never forget you!! God Bless All

DB
Calif Hwy Patrol..Ret.
August 14, 2007

Thank you to all who have posted. My dad was an incredible person and enjoyed his career and adored his family. To those who knew him were very fortunate and to those who didn't...you were very lucky to have this amazing man protecting you. My father knew the danger of the job. He was very dedicated. We miss him dearly and wish he were here with us...with my daughter. Thanks again.

Dana Miller
Daughter
January 25, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Officer Raymond Miller and his fellow officers with the California Highway Patrol:

On this the twenty first anniversary of Ray's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Ray's valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Ray was robbed of his life so young and so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Ray gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 14, 1985.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05


August 14, 2006

Many years have passed, but it is never too late to appreciate your service to this state and honor the sacrifice you made while keeping others safe. Thank you, Officer Miller.

M. Walker
Widow, CHP Lt. Michael Walker EOW 12-31-05
August 14, 2006

Ray was a good man and a fine officer. He is missed by all of us who knew him. My wife was a CHP dispatcher and I was a friend.

Agent Ted L. Bader
US Border Patrol
March 30, 2004

I agree with a previous writer who wrote “No officer’s death should be without reflection.” It is an honor to be the first to leave a reflection in your memory. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. You served us well......RIP brother.

Trooper Andrew Canepa
Pennsylvania State Police

 
 

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