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Trooper Joshua Daniel Miller

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Reflections for Trooper Joshua Daniel Miller

"This is my Shield. I bear it before me in battle, but it is not my own. It protects my brother on my left, it protects my city. I will never let my brother out of its shadow, nor my city from its shelter. I will die with my shield before me, facing the enemy."

Tpr. Bart Josefowicz
Pa State Police

June 7, 2011

Josh,
You are not forgotten & never will be! Not a day goes by that you are not thought of. You were an excellent trooper & did your job so well. God love Angie & the girls

Trooper
PA

June 7, 2011

Rest in peace brother, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

US Contractor

June 7, 2011

I am praying you will be with me more than ever this week and the next hard weeks coming, as once again I will need to draw strength from you. I am looking for you to still make good on your promise, even though it is different now. I love you with all of my heart and soul. I miss you more than words would ever explain. No matter how hard it is everyday.... I am putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward into this life left for us. You will live inside me forever and I am looking forward to the day that I will once again get to peacefully rest wrapped in your arms. Things are not the same here without and never will be. I know now that the key is learning to deal with things the way they are now, and finding a way to adjust to our 'new normal'. I love you so very much and until I see you again well I am here waiting..............

Angela Miller
Wife

May 11, 2011

I felt you with me today. I felt you holding me when I wanted to fall. I wanted more for you, but I am glad we came out with more than we went in with. There was so much more that I wanted to say and I hope you were able to see I tried my very best. The support from family and your PSP family that love you so very much was unmistakeable today. Everyone stood in honor and came to honor your memory today. I miss you more than words would ever express and I love with every ounce of my beating heart. I could never explain fully how damaged I am without you by my side during my journey through life, the journey that was once 'our journey'. Until we are able to meet again.....I am here waiting

Angela Miller
Wife

May 2, 2011

7 years ago today, while serving a warrant, Sheriff's Deputies Christopher Burgert and Michael Vankuren were ambused and shot and killed in the line of duty. It is with a heavy heart that I remember that day they gave their lives so needlessly as you did. I hope that you have all found each other in heaven and are looking out for those that love and miss you guys everyday.

Kristen Shutkufski Kepner
PSP family member

March 31, 2011

General George S. Patton said it best "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died, rather we should thank God that such men lived" Thank you Trooper Miller for your selfless dedication to keep us all safe. May god bless you and your family.

Grateful Citizen

March 15, 2011

I will hold my head up even when I want to lower it. I will be strong when I feel weekness enter. I will stand for up for what I believe even when my legs grow tired. I will fight the good fight because I love you so very much.

Watch over us extra special today. I need you standing by my side providing that little extra strength one needs on certain days. I would give or do anything for you to be here, anything to be in your arms. I will be your voice today my love. Until we meet again I am here waiting....

Angela Miller
Wife

February 1, 2011

Merry Christmas Josh.You are still missed greatly by the ones you touched.Keep watching our backs from up there.

Deputy Sheriff Jason Dunlap
Monroe County Sheriffs Office Pa.

December 21, 2010

May GOD Bless Your Family, Rest In Peace

M.C.E.O.
Pennsylvania State Police

November 25, 2010

Happy anniversary to you in heaven my love. My heart aches for you; I would do anything to have you back. I love you and miss you so very, very much. Tough day of course, but I hope I made you proud with as positive as I was trying to be with it. Today while sitting in the church the memories were flooding over and over in my mind. I remember every detail of the entire day, I felt like it was yesterday, standing there saying my vows. You were the most amazing husband, and best friend anyone could ever ask for. You took loving me to a totally different level, and proved to me that true love only grows bigger and better. We had an amazing life and I was honestly blessed to have shared the best part of my life with you. You have touched my soul and you shall remain there forever. Good night my sweet love and I will be here waiting until I can see you again.

Angela
Wife

October 22, 2010

I sit here after coming back from another candlelight vigil, missing and longing for you to be here like always. Wishing I had the comfort of your arms to hold me and as you did for years, tell me that everything will be okay. The pain of my reality is too much at times, I was looking at Joslyn tonight standing there waving her light to the music and thought how could this be. Three years ago sitting in the hospital room we would have never dreamt this to be her life, or justine's or breana's. Never would i have been ablt to imagine the pain that I have or that I continue to, never did I think I would have to watch her waving her light waiting for a picture of you to flash on a screen. You are the only one with the true answers, the only one that knows me well enough to know exactly the right thing to say. To be in your arms once again is something I long for every moment of the day, and I dream of hearing your voice telling me it is going to be okay now.

Angela
Wife

October 2, 2010

Josh,

It's hard to believe that it has been over a year since the day time froze for your girls and your brothers at the barracks. Although you are no longer here with us on earth, your spiritual presence is with me on every call and every arrest I make. It's an amazing feeling that cannot be described in words, only through my actions of being the steadfast soldier of the law you taught me to be.

Each of us continue to go out and prevail in the fight of good versus evil. We continue to go out and "get some" every shift. Walking past the your wall every day as we prepare to suit up for our next shift, reminds all of us why we are so passionate about our calling. We go out for you, Josh. And, we always will; to ensure that the spirit of you, which lives in each of us, will continue to live on forever.

Trooper
Pennsylvania State Police - Troop N, Swiftwater

October 1, 2010

I was sitting at my desk looking at your picture and decided to visit your page again. It's painful to think of the loss your family has suffered but know that they will always be in our care. You will never be forgotten.

Corporal
Pennsylvania State Police

September 17, 2010

God bless you , Trooper Miller for your assistance in capturing the vermin who killed p.o. Russell Timoshenko in Brooklyn, NY . while valiantly doing your duty, The Evil scum of this world took your mortal life. God Bless You And Your Family. Retired Police Officer J. Engebretsen NYPD

ret. police officer john engebretsen
nypd

August 10, 2010

Josh,

I finally received my memorial braclet from ODMP today that I ordered on your birthday. I have been wearing the rubber bracelet that we all got at the 5K on your birthday.

I get asked almost everyday what the braclet stands for. I am so proud to answer them and tell them how you saved a scared little boy and a community that fateful night. I wear it with pride and honor everyday, I never take it off. It chokes me up at times to think about what happened to you and your family. I tell the story so that no one will forget what you gave. You are missed every single day. Angie is never far from my thoughts. She and the girls are ALWAYS in my prayers.

All gave some and some gave all. THANK YOU for your bravery.

Keep watch over those of us that need it.

With Love,

Kristen

Kristen Shutkufski
Pennsylvania State Police Family Member

August 2, 2010

Rest in peace Trooper. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten...
This Friday is the 3 year anniversary of Detective Timoshenko's shooting and subsequent death five days later. You had a hand in apprehending his killers, and for that I thank you. I did not know you, nor Detective Timoshenko, however as Police Officers and Troopers we all share a special bond. I know your watching over us from up there. Thank you for your service and know that your memory will always live on.

Sergeant Chris DiToro
NYPD

July 7, 2010

"You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him, or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.” quote by: David Harkins

I am missing you so very much, I am doing my best here trying to keep things together and until that glorious day that I run into your arms again this it what I will be doing. I love you with all of my heart and soul.

Angela Miller
Wife

June 30, 2010

Josh, I went past your road side memorial last week on the anniversary.I got choked up and could not stop.I pulled a u-turn and came back southbound.I was at a loss for words.As I passed by I am sure your heard me whisper "SEMPER FI".Although I never served in the CORP like you did I am sure you heard me.R.I.P Brother Miller

Deputy Sheriff Jason Dunlap
Monroe County Sheriffs Office

June 17, 2010

A HERO HAS FALLEN
(written by Cynthia Tesluk – Angela Miller’s aunt)

A hero has fallen, taken by death.
It was sudden, and tragic, he took his last breath.
Honor and duty he swore in a vow,
Exchanged for a boy’s life, he’s gone from us now.

A hero has fallen, and we ask “Why him?”
Thrust in the path of evil and grim.
We look to our God as we search to lay blame,
Death is a mystery, and a righteous life is His to claim.

A hero has fallen, he did not swerve from his path,
He faced evil and death, in spite of it’s wrath.
For a trooper must promise, an oath sworn by his hand,
Meet evil with bold courage, with your life you must stand.

A hero has fallen, his bravery did not quit.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.
No compromise of duty, his sacrifice at will,
The path less taken, a destiny to fulfill.

A hero has fallen, he’s been laid to rest.
His choice was always to serve with the best,
State troopers, policemen - his brothers, his friends,
All share in the hope of the law he defends.

A hero has fallen, and for those left behind,
Fear not for his soul, for the Lord has been kind.
He’s now safe in heaven, amongst angels embraced,
He’ll live on forever, a life eternally graced.

A hero has fallen, you must live on somehow,
Stay true to the law, your duty, your vow.
He laid down his life, so others could live,
I pray that your heart has the strength to forgive.

A hero has fallen, but not his honor and pride,
He will be with you always, right there at your side.
For you are entrusted with the Honor of the Force,
Keep God as your guide and faith as your source.

A hero has fallen, a crackling dispatch to all,
Our hearts filled with sorrow, as we heard that “final call”.
It was the end of a life, June 7th, 2009,
Trooper Joshua Miller, out of service, for the last time.

Anonymous

June 14, 2010

My family walked in the Josh Miller 5K today. It was so nice to see everyone out there to support a hero.

Angie, I was good to see you and the girls.

Forever in our hearts,

Kristen

Kristen Shutkufski Kepner
Pennsylvania State Police Family Member

June 13, 2010

Happy Birthday in heaven to the love of my life. Even though were are further apart than we have even been before, the bond of our souls keeps you close to my heart. I miss you more than one could imagine, every thought I think of you, with all that I am I honor you, and I love you with every ounce of my everything. Waiting to see you again.......

Angela Miller
Wife

June 13, 2010

Josh,
This week has been every bit and more challenging than I expected it to be. I am struggling with the fact that I still cannot change what has been done. The strength that is usually my rock has seemed to coming and going throughout this week. I love you with all debts of my heart and soul, I miss you, I miss us, and I miss our life. You were an amazing person and such a loving soul, you and your memory have left a lasting effect on so many different people. I could use you here now more than ever. I could use your comforting words and your loving, safe embrace to reassure me that, things will be okay. I was so very blessed to have been given the experience of such an amazing life to share with you, and although our time was cut so very short, you will continue this journey on earth through me now. As I now approach the next year I will still be holding my head up, looking forward and forcing one foot in front of the other. On the days that seems impossible to do, I will envision you to be carrying me through that time as you had done so many other times. I love you with breath that I take and dream of the day that I will see you again.

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
Ben Okri quote

Angela Miller
Wife

June 10, 2010

On the first anniversary of Trooper Miller's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Trooper Miller is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

June 7, 2010

It has been one year since you were taken from your family. It seems like yesterday when I attended your funeral and was able able to meet your wife Angela and so many of your brother Troopers. Although time will continue to go by, your memory will remain just as strong. I know I will never forget your funeral. As your procession was about to leave, Angela spotted me amongst the hundreds of varying police uniforms and called me over to the NJSP patrol vehicle she was sitting in. She thanked me for coming such a long distance to attend your funeral. Even in her time of deepest sorrow, she went out of her way to thank me and squeezed my hand with such emotion. This showed me what a caring person she truly is and I know she misses your greatly. Rest peacefully Trooper Miller and please keep an eye on us. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Trooper Chris Conrad
Florida Highway Patrol

June 7, 2010

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