Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Lonnie C. Miller, Sr.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 1995

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Reflections for Detective Lonnie C. Miller, Sr.

I first met Lonnie Miller Sr. when I worked as an ASA for Ed Austin in 1981. My first impression was, who is this big intimidating black man with the eye patch .....I would hate to meet him in a dark alley one night. However, I soon got to know him as being someone who I would want to be with no matter the location no matter the circumstances. He was an excellent Detective who brought you well made cases but he was more than just a good police officer. He was one of the warmest, loving and caring people I’ve ever known. Quick to laugh he made an favorable impression on anyone whose path he crossed. I think even the people who he put in jail couldn’t help but like him.
In this day and time where the media and others are so quick to condemn those who protect and serve it angers me to the point where I want to get in their faces and shout, “yeah so how about Lonnie!” Don’t forget about officers like him and their families. I refrain from doing so mainly because that’s not what Lonnie would want!
In closing it has been way too long that his killing has gone unsolved. I know it must tear at the heart of his friends and family. To Lonnie JR. and the rest of the Miller family please know there are still those of us who still care and miss your father to this day.

Mark M. Arnold
Assistant State Attorney 4th Judicial Circuit 1981-84.

August 31, 2020

Det. Miller,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jacksonville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 6, 2020

Rest in peace Detective Miller.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 5, 2019

Officer Miller I did not know you personally. But, surely remember the night you were gunned down. Your dedication to your fellow officers and the community speaks volume of your character and what you stood for. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting your sweet and beautiful wife Akra at COPS meeting. So, I know you also possessed excellent taste.
I’ve watched her for 16 years since our unfortunate membership to the COPS family with the loss of Officer Wilbert Wiggins Sr spouse of Delores Wiggins. Both of you ladies are examples of what our generation and society need today. I remember seeing you as a Deputy Constable riding through our neighborhood. And my parents speaking very highly of you. On this special Fallen Officers Memorial Day,, I would like to say “Thank You” for serving our community and the ultimate sacrifice you made for your fellow officer and community.
May God continue to Bless Akra, Lonnie Jr and all who continue to carry you in their heart.
You are missed!!!

Paula Brown
Friend of Ms Akra Miller

April 25, 2019

I knew Lonnie from his days as a Deputy Constable to the night he was killed. Lonnie was my friend and I learned some fine points of police work from him. I was also at the scene the night of his murder.

Jerry Blount

May 7, 2018

Lonnie was always one of my most trusted friends and always treated me like family. I miss him every day!

Sabrina "Sam" Smith

October 14, 2017

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 Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. I thank your family for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 6, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

To the Miller family you are all in my prayers today, I know that the pain is still very strong in your hearts. Time really does not ease that. We will never forget your hero... God bless you all.

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


May 6, 2011

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

May 6, 2010

I wish my daughter had the opportunity to know you more. You are a hero still yet in her eyes. I never forget the day I took her to the Police Officer's memorial in DC. She was still young yet and the tears she shed broke my heart.


March 18, 2009

Detective, I attended you funeral when I had been a cop for less than six months. I did not know you. I also knew nothing of the life I was entering and the challenges ahead of me. I attended you funeral, my first police funeral, as a rookie and a stranger to you and police work. Today, I look back at you murder and grieve the loss of brother I never met. I wish I had become a cop sooner - just to have met you.

Officer Tom Martin

September 4, 2008



May 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

October 3, 2007

I Love and Miss You Very Much..... RIP GRANDDADDY!

Janei Barnes-Weeks
Familiy Member

September 12, 2007


I miss you still to this day so much. I wish we got to spend more time togather. But I miss you and Love you with all my heart.

Tiffany Miller

August 21, 2007


Today while watching a movie scene of an Officer's funeral procession, I thought of you. I remembered the multitude of other law enforcement agencies present and how the citizens lined the streets in your honor to say goodbye.

When I saw the black ribbon draped across the entranceway at JSO, I knew we had lost an Officer. When I learned it was YOU, my mind couldn't rationalize that someone in this city had taken your life. I even convinced myself that it had to be someone who didn't live in Jacksonville and had never heard of Detective Lonnie Miller Sr.

You will never be forgotten Lonnie.

Tracy Haye Police Services Tech III (fmr
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

May 16, 2007

Hey Granddaddy,
I just wanted you to know that i love you so much. i really miss you too. Well I'm now 21 leaving in Hawai'i and getting ready to get married to a wonderful young man i know you would approve. well just wanted to let you know that i think about you everyday and everynight you are truly missed.
Love you always and Forever "Pokey"

Lonnita C. Miller

July 24, 2006

Rest in peace Brother. May God Bless you and your family.


April 16, 2006

Detective Miller, I did not know you but I sure do remember the day that some lost soul decided to take your life. I attended your funeral and it was obvious the impact you had in this community. I, like the rest of this city, sure do hope your killer gets his just reward when he has to answer to god one day. I honor your memory this day, thank you for your service.

Special Agent S. Cochran
CSX Railroad Police Jax,Fl

May 22, 2005

Detective Miller,

I wanted to write you and let you know that your story is still being told by your friends in places as far away as Pensacola, FL, almost 10 years after you left us.

I wanted you to know that your friends speak of you with remembrance, respect and love. I listened to stories today about you and hearing about you and your adventures brought smiles to the listeners and laughter to your friends.

A man's strength of character and depth of spirit can be most accuratley measured by how he is remembered by those who knew him best and I wanted you to know that it's obvious to me that you are a man of both honor and courage.

Know that I thank you for your sacrifice, I am honored by your service and even though I never had the chance to meet you personally, I am proud to call you my brother.

On the Final Day when we stand the Line before the Man and await His judgement, I hope it's my privlege to stand shoulder to shoulder with you and the rest of our Brother and Sister officers.

Godspeed, sir.

Deputy Ed Vincent
Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office

January 11, 2005

Lonnie, I will never forget you riding with me and showing me Moncrief & Red Poll in the Dinsmore section of Jax in the earily 70's. Thanks for watching over me & teaching me the ropes. Tpr Shep

Lt (Ret) J. F. Sheppard, Jr.
Florida Highway Patrol

July 16, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer Miller.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 12, 2004

Rest in peace.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

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