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Officer Ray Q. Mills

Fortuna Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 12, 1967

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Reflections for Officer Ray Q. Mills

RIP Officer Mills. My dad Officer Pires was on patrol with him at the time.

Ernest Pires

December 4, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Mills.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 17, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 12, 2018

Ray Mills was Fortuna's first police officer killed in the line of duty, and I believe he is still the only one. I am the curator at the museum in Fortuna, and we are researching Officer Mills' life in order to be able to honor him in this 50th anniversary year of his death. There are memorial plaques to him in our city park and outside the police department building, but we hope to be able to share more of his story with the people of Fortuna today. If any family member or friend who remembers him would be willing to contact the Fortuna Depot Museum to share recollections, it would be greatly appreciated. From all I have learned, he was a wonderful man, and his loss was deeply felt by the entire community.

Alexandra Service
Fortuna community member

September 8, 2017

Raymond Quincy Mills (nicknamed R.Q.) was my Mom's brother. I remember the day we heard of his death. My Mom was crying all day. I had seen him his Wife Virginia and two small boys just the year before when they visited in Arizona.

MaryEllen Smith

May 19, 2017

Never forget you #66. I was on duty in Arcata the morning you left us. Since APD and FPD shared the same radio channel we were there with you. God Bless.

Dispatcher, Hersh Brown
Arcata Police Dept

February 14, 2013

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

March 12, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Mills. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


March 17, 2009


Van Den Berghe

March 12, 2008

Officer Mills, you served well and bravely. You sacrifice is remembered and appreciated, rest in peace.

December 25, 2005

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