Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Russell Myron Miller, Sr.

Chino Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 1, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Russell Myron Miller, Sr.

Rest in peace.


February 4, 2020

Officer Miller,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

February 1, 2020

Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for your service to the City of Chino. From a former Explorer ('72-'74)

Officer Daniel Miller (Ret)
Rowland Unified School District Police

March 1, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 18th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 1, 2018

Think of you often. When Russ Jr. and Zachary were in Tiger Cubs and when we coached baseball together with them. I remember the last time I saw you in Norco and you told me about your plans to retire and move to Montana. I also remember reading the tele-type at work the morning after you had been killed by a drunk driver. Hard to believe it has been 17 years.

Retired Sergeant Kevin Bieker
OCSD Friend

January 30, 2017

I thank everyone for there thoughts. I still miss him everyday and continue to think about him. I continue to go to the Run every year and get to see the community come together. Thanks.

Sarah Miller

May 22, 2015

Dear Russ: Has it really been 13 years? We in MADD San Bernardino think of you often and fondly. Your loss weighs heavily on our hearts. Keep a watch on your fellow officers down here and keep them safe.

Thank you for your service and for always being willing to protect the people of Chino. You are a true hero.


LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

February 2, 2013

Dear Russ: I remember that terrible morning and how sad your loss made me and everyone...even civilians. Your loss again put the spotlight on drunk driving deaths in law enforcement. Even you guys aren't safe! Cops from around the country came to your memorial service and openly wept at the senseless loss of such a great person!!

We remember you on this anniversary and thank you for your protection and service while you were on earth. God bless you, your family and fellow officers.
With love,

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD, San Bernardino County

January 31, 2012

To the family and friends of Police Officer Russel Myron Miller Sr.

On behalf of the Department of Criminal Justice at The University of the Cumberlands, our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to you. As a whole we want to show that Officers like Officer Russel Myron Miller do not go un-noticed for their duties!

I was born and raised in Chino, California and I would personaly like to say thank you for protecting and serving to keep the city a better place, because of officers like you, i will always be thankful for the Police Force in my town!

Thank you & God Bless!

Peter Martinez
University of the Cumberlands Dept of Criminal Justice

April 26, 2011

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

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 9th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
Pittsburg PD


February 7, 2009

Mr Miller.

Thank you for keeping us dumb kids in El Cerrito safe all those years , I still remember the time when myself and russ acidentally froze your computer while playing a computer game , you didn't lose your cool and you helped us fix it. You were class defined , you are missed greatly Mr Miller ..


Ron Sanchez

Ron Sanchez- Civillian

December 24, 2008

My Brother Thomas was married to his sister Diane. I am aunt to his son Joseph and grandson Tristen Trentacoste. I had the opportunity to visit the statue of Russell in the Chino Plaza before my brother passed away. Russell was stationed in Ct. during the Vietnam War on the USS Sea Owl and spent most of his leaves with me and my family in the Bronx. He was a great young man as I'm sure he was for the rest of his life. We still hear from Diane and I am in constant touch with my nephew Joseph. At my brother's funeral we did get to meet his brother who looked so much like him. Russell is well thought of and often talked about amongst my family. Please send my condolences to his wife and children. Margaret

Margaret Ann Trentacoste

March 17, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 28, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 25, 2007

Sir, Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to serve the city of Chino. It's because of your service that I had a fun, safe, and worry-free childhood in the city. Thank you again.

Christine Kennedy
Orange County California

October 15, 2007

It has been a long time since you delivered your humor, at that right time during those lunches at the Academy, The Running Was Hell and I know we hated it. I know that you are giving the good Lord and the Angles a Good Chuckle with your great Sense of Humor.

God Bless you my friend
"Mighty Ninety"

Jeff "Buck" Stewart Motor Officer (ret.)
Rialto Police Department (ret.)

June 17, 2007


Deputy Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

February 21, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones today on this 7th anniversary of your EOW. Continue to watch over your loved ones and those officers still out on patrol. So many left behind with broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams, all because of one individual who decided to make the wrong decision and drive drunk. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob GOrdon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 1, 2007

It has been 6 years that you have been away resting in the sweet
arms of Jesus. Am so sorry you
were called away too soon, but am
happy you were ready spiritually. May
God comfort your family and loved ones on this anniversary and every
Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 1, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

November 30, 2005



May 18, 2005

It is because of you and other officers like you that I enjoy arresting drivers under the influence.

Rest In Peace, My Brother

September 29, 2003

The thing I miss most about Russ is his smile.  I can still see him sauntering down the hallway after his Code.  He'd never walk by me without a smile and a friendly "Hello, Chris!"  He was a great man, a great officer, and a great friend.  I miss him very much.

Russ, I know you're with the Lord and you don't have e-mail, but if there's a way for you know how I feel I want you to know that you made a difference in my life.  You always made me feel like I was apart of the team - "sworn" or "non-sworn" we were a team, a family.  I keep hearing your voice echoing in the hallway of the PD.  I'm sure that will go away with time - but my memories of you will always be with me. I thank the Lord for the opportunity I had to work with you. I rejoice that you are safe and happy in His presence.  I know there will come a time when I will see your smile again in the hallways of heaven.  Until then my friend, I will miss you.

Chris A. Wolff
Chino Police Department

To ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth.

This was the ancient law of youth.

Old times are past, old days are done;

But the Law runs true, O little son!

-Charles Davis

Russ Miller embodied the values in this poem.  In an age when such values are considered politically incorrect by the small minded, he stuck by what he knew was RIGHT!

How fortunate I was to have such a great man as teacher, mentor, and friend.  Gone, but not forgotten!

Officer Matt Weinstein
Chino Police Department

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