Tenn. deputy who died in crash hailed a hero for preventing more deaths

“It was his DNA to put himself in that position ... in doing so, others went home and Deputy Miller became someone’s hero,” Sheriff Bucky Rowland said

Duty Death: Brad Miller - [Columbia, Tennessee]

End of Service: 12/12/2022


By Ashley Silver
Police1

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — A Tennessee reserve deputy died Monday after an SUV crashed into the back of his patrol vehicle while he was handling traffic duty for nearby road construction.

According to WSMV News, Maury County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Brad Miller, 68, had served in law enforcement for more than 19 years. Miller saved the lives of three of the construction workers on site. If Miller hadn’t been positioned where he was, they would not have made it, Sheriff Bucky Rowland said at a press conference.

“He took pride in his department,” Rowland said. “He always (served) with a smile and joy in his heart. It was his DNA to put himself in that position to fill that gap. In doing so, others went home, and Deputy Miller became someone’s hero.”

Miller worked at General Motors before joining the Maury County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy. Miller and his wife were just a few months away from celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the SUV who hit Miller, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but an investigation is ongoing.  

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