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Deputy Sheriff Matthew Jay Miller

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, December 26, 2011

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Matthew Jay Miller

Deputy Sheriff Miller,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMCR. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

December 26, 2021

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Miller.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 9, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 21, 2018

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director, Florida Sheriffs Ass
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 7, 2016

Thank you for your service Deputy Miller. We will honor you, as we do each year, during our Seminole County Sheriff's Office Annual Law Enforcement Ceremony this week. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Ann Gitzke
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

May 20, 2015

Thank you for your service Deputy Miller. We will honor you, as we do each year, during our Seminole County Sheriff's Office Annual Law Enforcement Ceremony this week. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Ann Gitzke
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

May 20, 2015

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

December 26, 2013

My heart and prayers are with your family and friends today and always. May God continue to guide them through these difficult times. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Miller, we will never forget...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

December 26, 2012

Matt. Although I never met you while you were alive, I share your spirit my friend. I attended your funeral and wish I would have known you on this Earth. I had the distinct pleasure to meet your co-workers in DC this year, and visited your spot on the wall tonight. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and all the co-workers at Seminole County SO. I hope to see you again in either Heaven or Alaska, (Whichever comes first!) Ride On my brother!

Sgt. Michael Van Buren
Flagler County Sheriff's Office

May 15, 2012

Today would have been Matt's 54th birthday. I miss you big brother. You are never gone from our hearts.

Carol Trahant
little sister

February 28, 2012

Never forgotten, RIP Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 20, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiance Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Deputy Miller. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Matt he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Matt's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Matt's life was about so much more than the way he died. Matt will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy Miller, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiance Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been nine years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

February 3, 2012

Matt, rest in peace brother. It was an honor working many Presidential escorts with you over the last 4 years. You will be truly missed. Keep heaven safe for us and we will see you in Heaven.

Motormen are a special breed of Police Officer and you were one of the best.
Orange County Motor 34

Deputy Eric Perez
Orange County Sheriff's Office

January 31, 2012

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Deputy Sheriff Matt Miller and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office during this time. Thank you, Officer Miller, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

January 13, 2012

Rest in peace...

Deputy Sheriff Pawel W.
Escambia County Sheriff Office

January 8, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer, Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

January 8, 2012


It sounds like thunder far away, but the skies are blue and bright...
And soon they crest the hill nearby, and ride into our sight.
They shake the ground with powerful sound, and they make some hearts beat fast...
They look so proud and noble, like Knights come from the past.

Side by side, they always ride, and seem to move as one...
From early in the morning light, to the setting of the sun.
And children point and wave to them, from cars that pass them by...
And young ones ask their parents, why the men have mirrors for eyes.

They ride the roads, and fight for good, and defend small ones like you...
They ask to ride, and do with pride, and sometimes they are few.
Like men of steel, on Silver Wings, they sparkle in the light...
then with a roar and rumble, they ride out of our sight.

Sometimes when one has fallen, never to ride again...
You can hear the others calling, like thunder on the wind.
Side by side, they slowly ride, and their thunder is a mournful sound...
And the mirrors hide their eyes from us, when teardrops fall to ground.

So if you see one riding, and you look into his face...
You see your reflection in his eyes, you know that you are safe.
For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind...
And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen ones ride again.


Author Unknown

Rest in Peace, Motorman…

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

January 6, 2012

When God Made Police Officers...

When the Lord was creating police officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an Angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this human model Lord."..."You look tired and frustrated".."Its only a police officer"..

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this human, police model order?

A police officer has to be able to run miles through alleys in the dark. Scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, fight with super human-stoned-on-drugs suspects and not wrinkle the uniform."

"A cop has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a bloody homicide scene that night, work with narcotics suspects, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses and testify in court the next day. after 3 hours sleep."

He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten, fast-food meals.

And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The Angel shook her head slowly and said "Six pairs of hands...".." no way."

"Ummm, its not the hands that are causing me problems." Said the Lord, "its the three pairs of eyes a police officer has to have."

"That's quite a model human Lord?", said the Angel. The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, Sir?" "And finds a gun hidden away before he is killed"...

(When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job when he graduated from college.)

Another pair here in the side of his head for his partner's safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, "You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord." said the Angel, touching his sleeve, "Rest and work on this tomorrow.".."its too tough"..

"I can’t.” said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and it can feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck." The Angel circled the model of the police officer very slowly, looking at the fine details the Lord was including. The model looked strong, smart, even dedicated.

"Can it think?" she asked."..."You bet" said the Lord, "My police officer model can tell you the elements in a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings to remain silent;; investigate, search and arrest a gang member on the street in FAR less time that it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the vehicle stop/search that my new cop will make"..."And it still keeps it's sense of humor."..

"This police officer I'm making also has phenomenal personal control"..." He can deal with crime scenes painted by Hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, not hurt a criminal by using his brains and mouth, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily News how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the Angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the model
Police Officer God had made and said,. "There's a leak Lord."she pronounced... "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model, trying too hard."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."..

"What's the tear for?" asked the Angel....

The Lord said, "It's for bottled up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to the gold or silver badge the officer wears and for that piece of red, white and blue cloth called the American Flag, a flag for global justice."

"You're a genius Lord", said the Angel. "Even the tears too"...

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put the tears there." he said, "They just appeared on their own, actually just a few minutes ago".."It must be a premonition of times to come"...? "Even I don't know how to control that"...!

...Author Unknown...

Semper Fi Deputy Miller.

Sgt. Randy Keenan / Ret.
Alameda, CA Police Dept.

January 6, 2012

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Lauren, Ca
Family of LEO

January 6, 2012

Although I never had the opportunity to meet you.. My prayers go out to you and your family. SCSO has lost a great deputy may your soul rest in peace.

Deputy T. Brown

January 5, 2012

Although it's been years...Sid was not someone you would ever forget.. so when I realized it was Sid from "The Orlando Tennis & Racquet Club"... I fell apart. What a kind wonderful person in and out of uniform. My prayers go out to his family and wife. Such a loss for friends and the community! He always had a racquetball racquet in his hand and a smile on his face.

old friend

January 4, 2012

Matt, Thank you for your service to our community and for your living example of character,integrity, leadership, family love and so much more! Your life story has been an inspiration to those who knew you and those that attended your life celebration at Northland Church! God Bless Laura and all the family will be praying for all of you!

Lisa Hughes & Family
Northland Church Member

January 4, 2012

The SCSO has lost a great deputy. You will be missed so very much. God speed PMT60.

Amber Gregg
Dispatcher, Seminole County Sheriff's Office

January 4, 2012

Thank you for your service Matt and protecting all of us, especially my brother. God Bless you and rest in peace. Your family, friends and all those who suffer your loss are in my prayers.

Donna Hart Hunter
Sister of G.Hart

January 4, 2012

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