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Community remembers former officer

Published 11:41am Thursday, February 21, 2013

Twenty-one shots rang out from the Dadeville City Cemetery Wednesday as friends, coworkers and family of the late Capt. Robert Miller, Sr. came to pay their final respects.

Miller passed away Monday at the age of 65.

The Alexander City Honor Guard performed full police honors during the burial ceremony for Miller, who worked with the Alexander City Police Department for 25 years.

Throughout his 25 years on the force, Miller climbed from the rank of officer to captain, eventually becoming commander of the detective division and the narcotics task force. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and also served as commander of the ACPD Honor Guard.

Fellow officers shared their thoughts on Miller Tuesday, including Deputy Chief Willie Robinson. Robinson said he was the first officer with whom Miller went on patrol after Miller joined the force in 1985.

“He was a go-getter from when he started to the day he left,” Robinson said. “Once he started on something, he would see it all the way through.”

Robinson said Miller was a dedicated, hard-working officer who loved the police department, Alexander City and his family.

Lt. Jay Turner worked with Miller on the narcotics task force. While Miller was known as someone who was committed to his work, Turner said Miller knew the importance of maintaining the balance between work and family.

“When I first started working with the narcotics division, I was working 16-18 hour days,” Turner said. “He told me something that really stuck with me: ‘If they are selling dope today, they will be selling dope tomorrow.’”

Turner said Miller reminded officers to keep family first and to not burn out.

“With this job, especially in investigations, we spend a lot more time here than we do with our families,” Turner said. “Miller was someone we could look up to. He was knowledgeable about his job and dedicated to this department and the people that worked for him.”

Miller is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mattie Ruth Davis Miller of Jackson’s Gap; and his sons, Robert Wade Miller, Jr. of Jackson’s Gap and Jessie Lynn Miller of Jackson’s Gap.