Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Bureau Chief Charles Mills

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance - Petroleum, Alcohol and Tobacco Bureau, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Bureau Chief Charles Mills

On the anniversary of 9/11, I thank you and your comrades for your selfless duty and courage that momentous day. Your sacrifice and those of the victims and other first responders will forever be honored in the annals of brave men and women who gave their all for their city, state and for the United States of America. A hero in every sense of the word.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

September 11, 2023

I worked with Charlie Mills for many years in the NYC Transit Police Department. I first met him when he was a Patrolman and saw him rise in the ranks. He was also the only supervisor to give me a complaint (then known as a TP-8) for a minor infraction. Thankfully, I got off with a “warned and admonished” but I always thought of Charles as one of the “good guys” on the job. Rest In Peace.

Police Officer Anthony Lomanto
NYC Transit Police Department

September 11, 2023

Charlie, I miss our lunches. You were always so upbeat and positive when we discussed public safety programs for the City of Troy, and County of Rensselaer, New York...

Rest in peace my friend...

Director, David A. Cook
Rensselaer County Public Safety

August 11, 2023

Rest in peace Bureau Chief Mills.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 5, 2022

Chief Mills,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York and our Country as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2021

I cannot say enough or offer enough tears or emotions for the numerous, numerous amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and for still many, the numerous days that followed over the numerous years to come. On this 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest days for American law enforcement I'd like to say to you all thank you, God Bless you and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 11, 2020

Chief Mills
I worked for you when you were an Inspector at Jay St while I was assigned to the Office of the Chief

You always treated me with the utmost respect. I remember your joking personality and your kindness.

I left the NYCTPD and went on the Job in Essex County Newark NJ. I was sent in that horrible day of Sept 11, 2001. I spent several weeks there.

It wasn’t till months later that I had discovered that you had given your life for others.

I was proud to have you as my boss and my friend.

Your heroism and your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
R.I.P. Chief Mills

Ret. Det. Frank Caminiti
Essex County Sheriff Newark NJ

September 10, 2019

A good man with a big heart. Proud to be a NY Transit Cop!

PO John J. Farrell Jr.
TPD District 20

August 14, 2019

I heard this quote and it suties you , BRAVERY is not the ABSENCE OF FEAR but ACTION in the FACE of FEAR.

Kaitlyn Lengel

March 10, 2019

Chief of Detectives Charles Mills


You will never be forgotten. Your courage, professionalism and dedication to "the job" and your people, will always be fondly remembered.

Police Officer Dorian Gregoire 4650
New York City Transit Police Bx ACU / CW PP Squad

September 12, 2018

I was proud to carry Bureau Chief Mills’ rememberance tag during the 9/11 memorial climb today in San Antonio, Texas. May he Rest In Peace with the rest of his fallen brothers and sisters.

Officer Matthew Schorn
San Antonio Park Police

September 11, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 3rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for the solace of everyone who misses and loves Charles. We will never forget the sacrifice made by each of the 9/11 heroes.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 7, 2018

Chief Mills,
On today, the 15th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow fallen Officers and other First Responders who died that day for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City and our Country as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2016

I always try and keep your memory alive on all sites that I come across. Many only knew of you; obviously we knew each other first hand through 2 jobs; what's the odds of that. Originally in the NYC Transit PD and then in NYS Tax and Finance. You are always remembered first and foremost in my memory when it comes to September 11th. I knew too many people that died that day but none were my Chief of Detectives in Transit only you were and only you will ever be. RIP my friend you are missed.

PO Jay Oher
TPF/30 NYC Transit PD

November 3, 2015

My name is John Gill III. I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant with 24 years of service. Today I took part in the San Antonio Tower of the Americas climb. Due to technical issues the climb was moved to the Alamodome where participants walked up and down every stair area around the entire arena. We stopped for moments of silent when the towers and Pentagon were struck as well as when flight 93 went down, and then for when the towers collapse. Each first responder was represented by a firefighter or police officer. Civilians were represented as well. In hops that everyone was represented I volunteered to wear any badge that was not given out. I received Chief Charles Mills. While I never met him I understand sacrifice. I was honored to were his picture on a lanyard around my neck as I walked up and down the thousands of stairs. I was honored because as far as I am concerned he made the sacrifice for me. He did not know everyone in the building which means I could have been in the building and it would not have mattered. He was coming to get me. I am sharing this because I want his family to know he was represented today in front of a couple of thousand people. I spoke his name out loud so he could be acknowledged. I pray this gives some comfort to his family as they are reminded of such a difficult time. Peace be upon the Mills family. Today he was more than remembered. I climbed because he climbed. It was an honor.

MSGT (RET) John E Gill III
US Air Force

September 11, 2014

Charlie Rest in Peace my friend. We had several months before I retired. He was a great leader as Head of the
Department. God bless his family.

Det. JP McGrath(retired)
Schenectady Police Dept.,NY

September 11, 2013

You as always are remembered

Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

I worked with Charlie in NYS Tax & Finance. Here it is, 11 years to the day after he was killed. I often think of him and the other Tax Dept employees killed on 9/11. I remember Charlie's piercing blue eyes and his laugh. Like most of the ex-cops who worked for our Dept, he was a very funny guy who was as professional as you could ever want when it counted. I guess I would have gone about anywhere with Charlie or with his Enforcement staff. I was lucky to have retired on 9/1/01 and not been visiting the Trade Center on that day. Rest in peace Commissioner.

Howard Herman, Associate Attorney
NYS Dept of Tax & Finance, retired

September 11, 2012

you have been and will always be missed by not only all who knew you, but by the world as a whole. just sorry you never got a chance to see how i turned out. love you uncle sonny

billy hind

December 28, 2011

Charlie.....None of us in Troy, NY were surprised when we learned that you were one of the ones that did not make it out of the Towers. You always put others first, and I can imagine how you tried to comfort those that knew the fate that lie ahead. Your memory will live for a very long time, you have been an inspiration to so many.
Rest in Peace Charlie Mills

Darlene Reischuck
Former Troy City Clerk

September 11, 2011

My friend, you always had a smile and a joke that walked the line... You were a bright spot in everyone's day. I'll never forget that morning as we watched the television and feverishly worked the phones in a vain attempt to keep up with the events of that tragic day. I'll never forget my heart sinking when I learned you were among the lost. It's been nine years and I still have not forgotten that feeling of loss. Thank you for your sacrifice and for ensuring many of our colleagues made it out that fateful day. I look forward to the day when I see that smile again. God Bless you my friend.

Michael Bucci
Former Department of Taxation and Finance

September 13, 2010

I was saddened to hear of Charles Mills's death at the hands of Al-Queda terrorists on 09/11. I had known him as a classmate at John Jay College and then at the NYS Tax Department. G-d rest his soul!

Maurice H Bank
NYS Tax Compliance-Retired

September 22, 2009

To the family and loved ones of Chief Charles Mills and his fellow officers and most especially to Charles:

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the eighth anniversary month of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire. Your family had to endure losing a beloved hero and how I wish they had not had to endure this tragedy.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service Charles gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 11, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Department, CA; eow 4/24/05


September 19, 2009

Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. You are a true hero, Thank you for your service Sir.

Deputy and Firefighter
Glades County, Florida

September 11, 2009

You are not forgotten...thank you


September 11, 2009

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