Pilot Morley Lester Miller

Pilot Morley Lester Miller

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, October 20, 1984

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Morley Lester Miller

Pilot Morley Miller and Patrol Officer John Hollingsworth were killed in a helicopter accident approximately 1/2-mile west of Fort Stockton, Texas, while on a patrol flight at 12:11 pm.

The helicopter was heading south from Fort Stockton when the helicopter started backfiring. Pilot Miller maneuvered the chopper over a field away from the manufacturing plant and people. He had gained control when the helicopter shot up in the air and then came straight down. The tail landed first and burst into flames. Two state troopers and a citizen tried to pull the officers out of the wreckage, but it was too late. Pilot Miller was credited with saving the lives of the plant workers.

Pilot Miller had served in law enforcement for a total of 22 years. He had served with the U.S. Customs Service for ten years and had previously served with the U.S. Border Patrol for five years and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, four children, and one grandchild. He was buried in the Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Palmdale, California.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 104

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Texas

helicopter crash

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Dad, just when your mannerisms begin to fade from my memory, my sons will walk a certain way, make an expression or clench their jaw as you did. It is in those precious moments I see you again. I am so thankful your sense of humor has been passed down to our kids. You were a great dad. I can’t believe it’s been 26 years...Tempus Fugit.

To all Law Enforcement, thank you for your service. Embrace today as tomorrow is not promised.

Carri Miller Elliott

Carri Miller Elliott

March 22, 2020

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