Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Rodney Todd Miller

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, May 12, 2006

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Reflections for Sergeant Rodney Todd Miller

Thank you for your service

Mark Mottola

May 12, 2020

Your sacrifice for the people of Illinois can Never be measured.
My Prayers to your Family and all those who Love and miss you!!!

Deputy Terri Albright
DuPage County Sheriff's Office

May 12, 2020

Rodney, thank you for your sacrifice and service. We will never forget you.

Trooper A.M. Unal
Illinois State Police

April 19, 2020

Saddened by this news...prayers for Sergeant Miller and his family.
Eternal rest, grant unto his soul, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. 
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. Requiescat in Pace

Father Edward U. Ohm
Lincoln, Illinois

May 12, 2019

My heart is heavy today. Thank you for the service you provided us and my condolences.

Nanci Holt

May 12, 2017

Thinking about you today. Thank you for serving and my condolences to your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

May 12, 2016

Thinking of you today and always, Shelly and family. I love you.

Valerie Palmer
Sibling Survivor of Keith Crenshaw EOW 10/23/13

May 12, 2016

In the years since you've been gone, you live on in the hearts and lives of your wife and boys. When I see them, I see you and know that you were loved.
Peace be with your soul.

Stacy Need

May 12, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 12, 2015

Rest in Peace. Our prayers will always be with you and your family.

Neal cc #87
Illinois State Police

January 15, 2015

Kent, you could not have said it any better. Yes swimming against Rodney both in practice and at meets swimming 2 lengths behind him was certainly boring!!! But his humor kept not only his team mates but family and officers smiling all the time. I cant believe its been 8 years

K9 Officer David A. DeMarais Retired
Lake in the Hills Police / College Teammate

November 3, 2013

This tragedy still ranks as one of the incomprehensible unexplainable pains life offers. I still, have yet to meet a man who offered so much goodness and such moral character. He was at the same time, the man you never wanted to be compared to, and yet one whom you wished the greatest for. His genuine warmth and personal concern for others was exceptional. I know some of us college friends tried to be jealous of his "awesomeness" but his goodness just wouldnt allow others to be jealous. You knew he deserved the best life had to offer and he left us cheering for him. (and swimming is a really boring sport to cheer for when your guy is a length ahead of everyone in a 4 lap race) I hope to remember "what would Rodney do?" as I go forward in any life struggles. What a joy of a man to know.

Kent Dixon
college friend

June 20, 2013

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

Officer 11169

June 3, 2012


Words can never describe how much I miss you.


M/Sgt. John F. Thompson
Illinois State Police, District 10

May 12, 2011


It has been 5 years since your tragic accident. It doesn't seem like it has been that long, as it seems like just yesterday you were calling me up just to chat while you were on your way somewhere. I know I'm not the only one who misses you. You were one of the bright spots in my career and I will never forget you!


Sergeant Kim Frick Baskett
ISP - friend

May 11, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of his death. Rodney swam with my brother Kevin and I. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Renee Arrison

renee arrison
ex- swimmer

November 26, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third 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

May 12, 2009

To Sgt. Rodney Todd Miller, his family and his fellow officers with the Illinois State Police:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Sgt. Miller’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Sgt. Miller and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

May 12, 2009

It made me smile to see that you still go by that nickname. It was SO many years ago when I called you that!
I just found out about your passing and I am terribly moved and sorry. I haven't seen you in over 20 years but the memories I have of you are so were one of the people that made the swimmeets at Milikin so much fun.
I will always remember you with great fondness.
God bless you, Rock.

An old swimming friend from SUSA

November 12, 2008

Hello Rock,
It has been more than two years since you left us. Sadly, I just learned of your tragedy. I remember you in the Millikin Swimming pool. The last time we talked, we shared interest in reviving the Millikin Alumni Swim Meet. Like many of us, I strive to be like you. You are extremely admired for your competitiveness, your leadership, good sportsmanship, and your ability to keep everyong smiling. However, I believe you are most remembered for your integrity. You made all of us better human beings. That, my friend, is the greatest thing that anyone can leave behind. I am sad and angry that I couldn't pay my last respects. I didn't know. I am sorry.

Daniel Stepansky

September 15, 2008

May our Lord Jesus comfort you in your grief. I am sure the wounds are still
fresh and I am so sorry you are having to shoulder this heavy burden. The sadness of it all overwhelms me.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

May 12, 2008

Rest in Peace Sgt.

Cpl. A. Brisinte
Orange Co Sheriff / Orlando FL

March 14, 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 7, 2008


Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of you. Show Brian the way!

"Peace brother"

SGT John Thompson
Illinois State Police

November 1, 2007

Its hard to believe over a year has passed. You were a class act, always willing to give a friendly ear. You are missed.

M/Sgt J.Kofshur
ISP-Classmate CC-87

October 30, 2007

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