Patrolman George F. Miller

Patrolman George F. Miller

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, May 6, 1886

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George F. Miller

Patrolman George Miller was one of many officers detailed to disperse protesters near Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886. Suddenly, a bomb exploded and a gun battle ensued. Officer Miller suffered severe wounds. Eight other officers died in this incident.

Eight men were arrested and charged with the officers murders. Seven were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The other one was sentenced to 15 years. On November 11, 1887, four of them were executed by hanging. The day before one of the suspects killed himself in his cell with a smuggled dynamite cap which he detonated in his mouth. The other three were pardoned by Governor Altgeld in 1893.

Patrolman Miller served with the Chicago Police Department for a year and a half and was assigned to the 3rd Precinct. He wa survived by his parents.

Eight police officers were killed during the Haymarket Riot labor dispute. The officers were at the scene of a civil disorder when the rioters opened fire and threw a bomb into the crowd. Eight police officers suffered fatal wounds and 70 other people were injured by the gunfire and explosion.

The officers who were killed included Patrolman Mathias Degan, Patrolman John Barrett, Patrolman George Miller, Patrolman Timothy Flavin, Patrolman Thomas Redden, Patrolman Nels Hansen and Patrolman Michael Sheehan. Patrolman Timothy Sullivan succumbed to his wounds two years later, on June 13, 1888.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 551

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Incident Date Tuesday, May 4, 1886
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Four executed

bomb, crowd control, Protest

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 6, 2021

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