Earlier today, Pennsylvania State Trooper Joshua D. Miller's name was added to the walls of the the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Beginning this week, the names of Trooper Miller, along with 323 other law enforcement officers, are being engraved on the Memorial's marble walls. When the engraving process is completed, some 18,983 fallen heroes will be honored on the nation's monument to law enforcement service and sacrifice.
On June 7, 2009, Trooper Miller engaged in a 40-mile vehicle pursuit attempting to rescue a 9-year-old boy who had been kidnapped by an armed offender. When the chase ended, the suspect shot both Trooper Miller and his partner, Trooper Robert Lombardo. Trooper Lombardo sustained serious injuries but has recovered from the incident. The little boy was saved. Trooper Miller was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Trooper Miller first joined the Pennsylvania State Police in April 2003. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Trooper Miller's death touched the law enforcement community inside and outside Pennsylvania. In July 2007, Trooper Miller was part of a law enforcement team that captured two of the men responsible for the murder of New York City Policer Detective Russel Timoshenko. Last year, the Fraternal Order of Police, Police Detective Russel Timoshenko Memorial Lodge #714 in Staten Island donated $1,000 to memorialize Trooper Miller in the National Law Enforcement Museum's "Thin Blue Line."
More information about Trooper Miller can be found at http://www.trooperjoshuamiller.org/.