In Memory of Sergeant David Miller
On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Tennessee officials announced the sudden loss of a local police sergeant. Unfortunately, hundreds of officers in the US have been lost due to COVID19. It has quickly become the number one cause of line of duty deaths for all law enforcement across the country.
On September 22, Sergeant David Miller, badge number 167 Delta, passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. He caught the virus while working at Station 3 in Clarksville. Miller served his community as a sworn law enforcement officer with the Clarksville Police Department for over 20 years. Miller was 49 years old.
Sergeant Miller began civil service upon high school graduation. He served for several years in the military. Miller was a US Army Veteran. After leaving service, he wanted to continue using the skills he had learned in the military. He chose to become a police officer in his community and was sworn in at the Clarksville Police Department. Miller served in various assignments, including patrol officer, field training officer, and patrol shift supervisor since August 2011. Miller was working towards a degree in psychology.
Clarksville Police Department, Tennessee
Miller chose to serve with the Clarksville Police Department. The agency has more than 275 sworn officers and additional civilian staff. The department’s mission is “to maintain a highly professional and efficient workforce that is dedicated to providing a safe environment by focusing on quality-of-life issues, using community-based policing, and problem-solving strategies.”
Clarksville PD has jurisdiction of approximately 100 square miles. They serve a population of over 166,000 residents. The city was incorporated in 1807. When the area was settled, farmers were heavily invested in tobacco crops. Today they are a burgeoning city with nearby access to Fort Campbell.
Sergeant David Miller leaves behind his wife and two children. The Clarksville Police Department and many surrounding agencies will help support the Miller family during this difficult time. Unfortunately, Miller’s children will join the more than 130,000 US children who have lost a parent or primary caregiver during this pandemic.
Clarksville Police Department shared details of the loss in a public announcement on Facebook. “It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the death of Sgt. David Frank Miller. On Wednesday, Sept. 22, David passed away at Tennova Hospital in Clarksville. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9.”
Chief of Police David Crockarell asked for prayers for the Miller family. “Sgt. Miller was a devoted husband, father, leader, and member of our community,” said Chief of Police David Crockarell. “Please keep David’s family in your thoughts and prayers; we will continue to support the Miller family during this difficult time.”
Bobbie Johnson, a resident, shared her thoughts and remembered how Miller had helped her many times. He was an AWESOME officer. “Many years ago, when I worked seconds and thirds alone at a gas station, he would stop in and check on me several times during my shifts to make sure I was alright; if I was worried or scared about something, he made sure to check it out and keep me safe. God bless you, David! May your journey to the next plain be safe.”
Ivana Broughton also shared her sadness on hearing about the loss. “My heart is so heavy to hear of this, David. You were such a wonderful friend growing up. May you rest in heaven and watch over us always. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Safe travels, my friend. With great love.”