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Slain Trooper’s Daughter Sworn In To Army

December 2, 2018
Slain Trooper’s Daughter Sworn In To Army

Around two dozen state troopers and other law enforcement officers honored the memory of one of their own Saturday morning when they attended the swearing-in of the late Trooper Joshua Miller’s daughter into the Army.

Breana Miller, 22, had told her recruiting officer she wanted the swearing-in service to be near her father, whose remains have been in the Lacey Street Cemetery, west of Laceyville, in Wyoming County, since late spring 2009 when Miller died from gunshot wounds he received following a high-speed chase and a shootout in Monroe County.

Capt. Jonathan G. Nederostek of the state police’s Troop P (with barracks in Wyoming, Luzerne County), which covers Wyoming, Bradford, Sullivan and the northern part of Luzerne counties, spoke briefly, about the honor and integrity that was synonymous with Trooper Miller’s life.

“It was quite a legacy, and we honor her commitment to also serve beyond herself,” Nederostek said.

The troop commander presented Miller with a plaque revealing his original enlistment as a state trooper.

While Army Capt. Dawson Quenneville, the Wilkes-Barre company commander, issued an oath Miller swore to uphold, the law enforcement officers stood erect and saluted both their fallen comrade and the younger Miller.

After the swearing-in, the law enforcement personnel individually acknowledged her with a salute and some also provided a hug.

She said her mom and sisters couldn’t thank them enough for “being like family to us when we needed it.”

Staff Sgt. James Pettis of the Wilkes-Barre Recruitment Center said after the service that Miller had studied a program in operating room management at Penn States Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, and will, in fact, be doing that kind of work in the Army.

“It was a great match,” he said.

Miller’s dad was a Marine, and Pettis said she had contemplated going into that service branch, “but the Army was frankly a better fit with her studies.”

At the time of his death, Trooper Miller was assigned to the Troop N barracks in Swiftwater.

Prior to joining the state police, Miller had served as a Tunkhannock police officer from 1998 to 2002.

David Ide, Miller’s former police chief who was at the Saturday service but is now serving as Wyoming County chief detective, said, “You would never meet a finer policeman than Miller, and I’m thrilled his daughter was also committed to service.”

Ide noted that Saturday, Dec. 8, local law enforcement was planning a comedy night fundraising benefit for the elder Miller’s family.

If you are interested in supporting it, Ide said to call the Wyoming County district attorney’s office at 570-836-4681.

Contact the writer:

bbaker@wcexaminer.com

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