Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Ralph W. Miller

Manchester Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Saturday, October 2, 1976

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Reflections for Officer Ralph W. Miller

Officer Miller, it has been 47 years since you were taken from us. New Hampshire law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 2, 2023

Ofc. Miller, your call to heroism came 7 years before I started my law enforcement career in NH started. I remember discussions about your murder being part of my Academy training. You were the first NH line of duty death I ever learned about. Unfortunately too many more happened in my 34 years on the job. The Manchester Police are a dedicated team and I'm sure your family has been cared for and watched over and your unborn daughter knows you without having met you.

Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 2, 2022

God bless you brother, rest peacefully. we live in a country where, its not the criminal justice system, its justice for the criminals, truly disgusting.


August 7, 2022

Well brother, this year you would have been 70! Hard to believe. Turns out I missed you more as I got older. I have the drawing of you in my office. Think of you often.

Phil Miller

October 12, 2021

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 2, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Miller.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 4, 2020

I think Cleo Roy should died in jail.


October 30, 2018

I think it was stupid what Cleo Roy did to Officer Miller and he show stay in jail not be out


April 20, 2018

Susan, my family & I met you at the top of Texas Guadalupe peak mountains on 4/7/18. We embraced upon knowing we both lost an officer in the line of duty. You a spouse & for me , a brother. My heart hurts for you & your children. I pray God continues to shine HIS grace & guidance over you & your now adult children. It was an ho or to meet you. May you always be blessed beyond measure.

Linda Diaz
Sister of fallen APD Senior Police officer Jaime Padron

April 12, 2018

May he forever Rest In Peace.

James Bourque, Counselor

October 3, 2016

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

October 2, 2016

Ralph: I speak for myself, but likely for all your Manchester Police Department brothers, days prior to your loss and our collective loss of a great Police Officer, 38 years ago. Your dedication, friendship, and our fond memories of you will remain forever. May Gid Bless you and your family Ralph!
Most respectfully,
Jeffrey D Gallant
MPD: April 1872-April 1989.

Jeffrey D. Gallant
Former MPD Brother Officer

September 28, 2014

Rest i Peace

1st Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Department

November 7, 2013

Thank you for your service and unselfish sacrifice for your fellow man! You belong to HIM now and forever! May your family and friends find comfort and peace in that fact. God Bless!

Rev. Steven R. Closs, D.D.
Retired Captain, Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH

June 9, 2013

Your story reminds us on how precious life is and how easily it can be taken away, often in an instant. Learning about you, and understanding how any call presents a challenge that can ultimately lead to injury or death has shown that I should not take my life or any others for granted.
Thank you your service, and thank you for protecting this country from the inside, because what we put into our country is what is reflected on the outside world.
You will never be forgotten.

Daniel Henning
Mission Hills High School Criminal Justice Academy

May 20, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 27, 2013

You were remembered today

Pat Van Den Berghe

July 23, 2012

Ralph and I were staff corpsmen at the Newport Naval Hospital - Neuropsychiatric Unit in the early 70's. He was well liked by the entire staff, both corpsmen and doctors. Ralph was good humored and fun to have around, a good guy to share a shift with. He could be counted on in a crises. Corpsman Miller was a good shipmate.

HM-2 Rick Lundin, USNR
Hospital Corps, United States Navy

April 12, 2012

Officer Miller you would have been proud of your agency today as many officers stood for you at the NH State Prison. They were there to show their support for you and your family as your murderer sought to be paroled. With the help of ODMP, many people wrote letters to the NH Adult Parole Board urging them to deny parole for your killer. They did the right thing and rejected his request. Rest easy brave hero.

Bill Ganley, Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Salem NH Police

October 6, 2011

Thank you Officer Miller for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in NH. I just signed and sent a letter to the parole board today denying your cowardly killer parole. May he never see the light of day again. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

You always will be a true AMERICAN HERO !!!! May you always rest in peace, my brother...

Mitch Cheselka
Sergeant / CA-OR Retired

October 1, 2011

"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

December 11, 2007

Today the Manchester Police Department held a Road Race in your memory and for the other fallen officers of the MPD.

It is so hard to believe that our City lost you 31 years ago.

This writer is pleased that although you have not been forgotten, as the police station is named after you, it is always nice to see something current happening to remember all of you and to make those who did not know you become aware of your sacrifice.

Hero's of the City of Manchester, NH that is what you are. Please keep watch on all our other officers.

Thank you for your service Sir.

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Mancheter, NH

October 14, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

October 2, 2007

Officer Miller was not only survived by his wife, but also by 2 children; one of which, was my best friend growing up. Her mother was pregnant with her at the time, so she never had the opportunity to meet her father. However, as children, we always knew that he was a hero, and Ralph Miller's service is still memorialized today in Manchester.

A Family Friend

March 8, 2007

On this day, where another Mpd officer was shot down, I can only remember the sad moments when Officer Miller was shot and killed. I met his brother Art 4 years prior, as we worked together for the New England Telephone company. All my prayers go to the Briggs family on this sad day.

Friend of his brother

October 21, 2006

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