Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James Richard Miller

Upper Dublin Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, April 20, 2004

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Reflections for Sergeant James Richard Miller

Sarge, It's hard to comprehend that I rode the Unity Tour in your honor the year after you death. So much has changed. I've retired and started a new chapter in my life but each Christmas I hang a memorial ornament in your honor and I think of your family often.

RJ Davis, Second Lieutenant (Ret.)
Fairfax County Police Department

May 15, 2021

It gets harder every year. 14 years ago... I was a little baby when it happened and I don’t remember you much but I know if you were here you would be amazing! Your with me everyday. I love you Poppop! ❤️ Each year it gets harder because the older I get the longer you’ve been gone. Alots happened since 2004 and I wish you could have seen it in person. I’m in 8th grade now. 34 more days. We go to the OBX this year! And I know for a fact you will be there with us. I LOVE YOU

Gone, but never forgotten!!


April 20, 2018

Another year without you, Dad. A Hero to your children and grandchildren, and a Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten. What we wouldn't give to have had more time...we miss you each and every day and wish we could have another "Jimbug" hug!
I like to think you know why, but since my days in Michigan, I associate ladybugs with you. I am seeing them in the house a lot lately, so thank you for the reminders. I cannot say that it fills the enormous void, but it sure brings a smile to my face and brightens my fatherless world for just a little bit.

With love, always and forever, until we meet again.


April 19, 2018

I would like to personally thank officer Miller for his dedication to our country while serving in the armed forces and for protecting the Upper Dublin community for so many years. I worked at Knickers in the Dreshertown plaza shopping center for 13 years and always felt safe due to the dedication of the Upper Dublin Police force and Officer Miller. There are not enough men around like you and you are surely missed by the entire community. May God bless your family until you meet again!
Sincerely, Billy from Knickers

William J. Tolen
Department of Human Services-Division of Children & Youth

April 21, 2016

I miss you so much Pop-Pop I am in 6th grade now I miss you so much and remember when you would call me princess butterfly I send balloons to you every time I get one I love and miss you I just want to see you again.


January 17, 2016

I miss you so much Pop-Pop I am in 6th grade now I miss you so much and remember when you would call me princess butterfly I send balloons to you every time I get one I love and miss you I just want to see you again.


January 16, 2016

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

April 20, 2015

Sgt. Miller,

It's been 7 years since you came into my life by way of the Police Unity Tour. I rode to honor your memory. Your spirit kept me going during many months of training and across the more than 250 miles of the ride. I met your loving family and many co-workers. Clearly, you were a wonderful police officer, husband and father. God speed to you sir. Thank you for watching over those of us still out here protecting the flock.

Robin Davis
Fairfax County Police Dept

May 12, 2013

I can't believe it has been eights years since we lost you. Not a day goes by when I don't think about you, and have remember when moments. I share memories of my Dad with your Doodlebug and Princess Butterfly all the time and am grateful that I have those memories to recall and bring a smile to my face and my heartstrings. I am saddened that both your children's children didn't get a lifetime with their Pop-Pop! I hope you can watch over all of us and get a sense of how we are doing.
Love always and forever. I miss you, Daddy!

Doris Miller-Beck

April 18, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Keep watch over all of them. You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your long and dedicated career to law enforcement and also to your Country.

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

April 20, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 20, 2010

You will not be forgotten James, My prayers go out to your family. God Bless you

John Mangan

July 7, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 5th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 21, 2009

Today is your 60th birthday honey! I miss you so very much! I talked with Doris and Ryan and Tori last night. The kids were going to bed and so I wished them sweet dreams! Rick and Mandy and our newest granddaughter, Sydney, will be having dinner together tonight to celebrate your birthday. Happy Birthday Jim! I love you. Barb


July 7, 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

January 24, 2008

Remembering all the Christmas' we had together in our almost 36 years of married life and missing you more and more each year. I really do hope you can see the lights and can hear the Christmas Carol music. We've had an addition to our family honey! We now have another granddaughter! Rick and Mandy gave birth to Sydney Marie on November 24! She's a cutie...she doesn't have your chin "cleavage", but I did see dimples the other day!!!! Ryan and Tori are getting so big! Ryan is now 8 and Tori will be 4 next month! They are still in Michigan and I'm beginning to doubt they will ever move home to PA again. It is so hard being without all of you!!!! We will all be together for Christmas here though and need to feel you here with us. Miss you so very much and will love you until the day I come to be with you again. Always and Forever, Barb


December 14, 2007

Never forgotten!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 20, 2007

I can't believe that it has been three years since you were taken from us. There are times that it feels like just yesterday. We are learning to live without you, but it isn't easy! Not a day goes by, when we don't think about you. We want to see you, or talk to you, and give a hug! Such a big part of us is missing and our circle isn't complete, but we are moving forward, trying to live and love as you did. I truly hope that you can "see" us and "walk" beside us as we continue to love you, forever and always.

Ryan and Tori send you balloons all the time. They say that they are floating up to heaven to see you. They both are growing up so fast! You'd be proud, I know!

Wanting you here with us, knowing that's impossible, is the hardest thing to adjust to in life as we know it today.

Love always,
Peanut, Doodlebug and Butterfly

Doris Miller-Beck

April 20, 2007

A man remembered with love and respect never dies but continues to live on in the hearts and minds of others.

April 20, 2007

Jimmy - Upper Dublin Township missing you every day

Marilyn Miller - Fort Washington, Pa

March 6, 2007

I just received an Boys Scout Award given in Jim's honor from some of his friends. In reading this memorial I am even more humbled in receiving the award and am sorry I did not have the opportunity to share time with Jim.

Paul Garvey
Friend of his brother Tom

May 2, 2006

Sgt. Miller,

it's been nearly a year since I rode the Police Unity Tour in your honor. I hope it served you well. As I trained for so many months before the Tour, it was you who gave me the strength I needed to get thru the many miles.

Meeting your family, friends and co-workers was the highlight of my ride and one of my most memoriable experiences. They love you so much.

My wife, kids and I, think often about everyone, especially Barb. We hope she is doing well. I will be at the Memorial again this year, riding for another fallen officer. I will stop and pay tribute to you and pray for your loved ones.

Second Lieutenant RJ Davis
Fairfax County Police Department

April 21, 2006

On this second anniversary of your tragic death, you and your family are remembered in prayer. Thank you for your years of service to our country and to the community. Your dedication and courage are not forgotten. Heroes live forever.

Mary Kay Balchunas
Mother of Special Agent Jay Balchunas, EOW 11/5/04

April 20, 2006

I can't believe that we haven't had the last two years together. So much has changed in my life, I think you would be proud of me and my family. You would love the snow here in Michigan! Since day one of moving in here we have a constant stream of ladybugs. To me, I think of them as you sharing our life here, like "pennies from heaven". Ryan and Tori are getting so big! Ryan will tell us that on some days you are sitting on his shoulder while he plays. I pray that is true! You are a ONE OF A KIND MAN that touched each and every one of us to the core! There is a hole in me that can never be filled.

Thank you Daddy for all that you were to me. I love you and miss you terribly! "Be good"!!!!

Here's a poem that I wanted to share. It's called We'll Never Say Goodbye, by Larry Howland.

I cannot see you with my eyes
Or hear you with my ears.
But thoughts of you are with me still
And often dry my tears.

You whisper in the rustling leaves
That linger in the fall;
And in gentle evening breeze,
I'm sure I hear you call.

A part of you remains with me
That none can take away.
It gives me strength to carry on
At dawning each new day.

I think of happy times we shared
And then softly sigh.
But this I know -- we'll meet again
And never say goodbye.

Doris Miller-Beck

April 20, 2006

Came across your name and wanted to leave a reflection to say that you are a true hero. You were so close to retirement and served not only your country but also the people in your community. I gave law enforcement over 30 years of my life, retired and finally thought I could enjoy life. Retirement was great for everal months and then I lost my youngest son in the line of duty in August 2004. I'm sure I walked past some of your family members last May in Washington when we were all there to honor all the fallen heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice in 2004. Keep watch over your family, wrap your wings around them and try and relieve some of their grief. I know their hearts are broken and will never fully mend. You will be on their minds every day for the rest of their lives as they love you dearly. Being the veteran that you are, please look after my son Michael and tell him I love and miss him terribly. You are a true hero Jim and you will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

January 18, 2006

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