Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Ralph Benton Miller, Sr.

Toronto Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, March 26, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman Ralph Benton Miller, Sr.

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Ralph Benton Miller, Sr. of the Toronto Police Department, Ohio and the additional 48 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

March 26, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Ralph Benton Miller, Sr. of the Toronto Police Department, Ohio and the additional 48 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 26, 2018

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 am glad that your community has recently honored you and hope that all the future memorial bike rides are successful.

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. Thanks to your son Mark and friends 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

March 26, 2012

Dad, we had your memorial on July 3rd, 2010. It was great, the old fire station was named after you. The city purchased a plaque with your picture on it. We had a motor cycle ride too. I went through Harley Davidsons riding school so I could ride in the first Abie Miller memorial ride. It was awesome, we had over 50 bikes, not bad for the fist ride. I really miss you dad. My wife Amanda has put together an Awesome shadow box with a lot of memories of you in it. She is a great wife, you would love her. We will see each other one day. I love you so much dad. I miss you!!!

Mark Miller

May 28, 2011

Hey Dad, just wanted to say I Love You and miss you so much. I can't believe it has been 31 years since you went home to be with God. Your granddaughter Hailey looks at your pictures a lot and asks me a lot of questions about you. Tell the family thats with you Hi and I'll see you when I get called home.. Love you

Mark Miller

June 4, 2009

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over...

SGT. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia County Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

October 7, 2008

abbie was a great guy. basically knew him my whole life. our family lived on adams street so we were kind of neighbors. i was a toronto police officer for a short time and used to ride with abbie quite a bit. he was just so layed back and would do anything for you. HE WAS A GREAT GUY. GOD BLESS YOU ABBIE

joseph lewis
friend and lived in toronto for years

June 5, 2008



February 26, 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 8, 2008

I just wanted to say I love you. The 29th anniversery of your accident has just passed and I was thinknig about that day that day it was so long ago but at times it seems like it was yesterday. I really miss you and wish you were here. Your granddaughter Hailey is now 3 and she will be 4 in June and she is really something else. I talk to her about you and show her pictures of us together. She is great dad I wish you could see her. I love you and miss you.


April 3, 2007

I have never met you but my family is very close with your brother Abie (Wayne). I have always looked up to your brother since I was a young kid growing up in South Florida. I know that if you are anything like your brother then you were one heck of a good person and one heck of a police officer. Rest in peace, you will not be forgotten.

Bobby Rogers
Deputy Sheriff

March 30, 2006

I was sitting here on the computer and I started thinkig about the last time we ate dinner together on March 16,1978. I really miss you and I wish you were here to hold your two granddaughters, and we found out not to long ago we have another baby coming in June. I really miss you dad and I wish your were here for me to talk to. I love you and I miss you tell Uncle Paul and Aunt Kate I said hello. I love you dad and I miss you very much.


October 14, 2005

Dad, its been a long time since you were taken from me and I miss today as much as when you first passed. I love you very much and I have had a very rewarding career in law enforcement. I know you are looking down on our family. I love you dad. I will see you someday in that big precinct in heaven.


September 5, 2005

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