May 20, 2013
Fire Fatality- Rodney Paul Miller
They are on call at all hours. They get pulled out of their warm, safe beds in the middle of the night to respond to fires, crashes, floods and other emergencies. They venture out in all kinds of weather, blizzards, torrential downpours, unbearable heat. They save people lives in many cases, the lives of people who are not exactly innocent victims, whose foolishness puts their own and others lives in danger. They are quite simply heroes, typically unassuming regular folks, many of whom are not paid a cent for their sacrifices. Firefighters.
When one of these hometown heroes dies in the line of duty, it is devastating made doubly so when the lost hero is someone as beloved and dedicated as Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Paul Miller. Chief Miller responded to a crash on interstate 83 southbound Friday night Fire Chief Miller was struck and killed by a motorist attempting to drive around the traffic control point and Miller’s fire department vehicle which was well marked with emergency lights operating at the time. The driver of the vehicle did not stop his vehicle after striking the chief. After being caught further down the Interstate in the backed traffic from the original MVA, the driver was arrested and subsequently charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence along with several other violations. Chief Miller was described by many as a “sweetheart.” A “hugger.” A man who always seemed happy, enjoying life. A man who loved serving his community, holding the title of chief since 2001. It’s just so tragic and sad, and so unnecessary. He passed away on April 27, 2013 at the age of 45 because of vehicle collision.
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