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Patrolman Richard Miller

East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 11, 1973

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Reflections for Patrolman Richard Miller

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Richard Miller of the East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 11, 2022

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Richard Miller of the East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 65 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 11, 2021

47 years have passed Rich and it seems like yesterday the department was saddened by your loss. You and your bravery will never be forgotten. Rest with all the blue heroes in that special place in heaven,

John V. Kosek Sr., Retired Lieutenant
City of East Cleveland Police Department

August 1, 2020

You are always in our thoughts.

Carmen Kurfist Bowen
Cousin

January 31, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Miller.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 16, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Richard Miller of the East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

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Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 11, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Richard Miller of the East Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

January 12, 2018

Warrior!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

January 11, 2018

IN HONORE CASORUM
Always honored, never forgotten, forever grateful for his service to his community and to our nation.

Sgt. T Jake Jones
Greater Cleveland Peace Officer Memorial Society, Ohio

January 11, 2017

IN HONORE CASORUM
The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

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

January 11, 2015

Rich Miller was a dedicated, aggressive, hard-working officer that died doing the job that he loved. His determination and courage are an inspiration to all.
I was in my first full month as a police officer and was sent to meet up with Rich (along with my training officer) to serve as his "pick-up car." Unfortunately, before we got to his location, the shooting took place. Later we arrested one of the suspects in the vehicle, pulling him out of a trash bin.
I will remember him and his dedication as long as I live. God rest your soul, Rich...

Chief William Kelly
Abington Police Department

October 30, 2014

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten

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

January 11, 2014

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten.

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

January 11, 2013

Being one of your last relatives left in ohio I visit your grave often.The stories my dad told me of you were awsome! So THANK YOU for service and being my cousin.

Carmen kurfist Bowen
cousin

May 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. You will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 11, 2012

Thank you for your service, you are not forgotten.

Patrolman Jon O'Leary
East Cleveland Police

March 1, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 3, 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
Sergeant
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 3, 2008

I was one of the investigating Detectives on the case. Doc Roberts was sentenced to life in the penetentiary. I still remember "Rich" in my prayers.

Lieutenant John V. Kosek, Sr
Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department

February 14, 2007

You have not been forgotten.

Patrolman Scott P. Gardner
Same Agency

September 3, 2006

Thank you for your service Patrolman Miller. You have not been forgotten.

January 11, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, may God grant you eternal peace and bring comfort and peace to your loved ones.

Hero...

January 11, 2005

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