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2018-52: Sergeant Miller to be Honored at Event on Monday

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 11:26 AM by Mary Jane King

NEWS  ADVISORY–  October 19, 2018 #2018-52


CONTACT: Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP PIO, 785-296-6800

Sergeant Miller to be Honored at Event on Monday 

On Monday, October 22, Sergeant Eldon K. Miller will be honored as a memorial highway is dedicated in his honor. Sergeant Miller will be honored at an event in Yates Center. 

This legislative session, Senate Bill 375 was passed through the Kansas Legislature, and signed into law by Governor Jeff Colyer, designating memorial highways for the Kansas Highway Patrol’s 10 fallen troopers, and one Johnson County Sheriff’s Master Deputy. 

Sergeant Eldon K. Miller
Prior to joining the Kansas Highway Patrol in 1953, Trooper Eldon Miller served with the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. 

On January 13, 1953, he began Highway Patrol Recruit School in Hutchinson and was assigned as a Driver's License Examiner in Lawrence. He was promoted to Trooper in August of 1953, and began field duties in Douglas County. Miller was transferred several times throughout the course of his career. In 1965, Miller was transferred to Kansas City, where he was appointed to the Metro Squad. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1967 and continued his duties in Kansas City.

On January 19, 1968, Miller responded to a large manhunt for two suspects who robbed $13,000 from the Metcalf State Bank in Overland Park. During the getaway, the suspects shot and wounded an Overland Park motorcycle officer. The getaway vehicle was found abandoned near an apartment complex in the 8400 Block of Newton. Officers formed a perimeter and searched each apartment. When officers entered one of the apartments, gunfire erupted through the door.

Sergeant Miller was outside the apartment and jumped into a nearby Johnson County Sheriff's patrol car. He began to drive the patrol car up to the windows outside the apartment to provide cover for officers who were pinned down by gunfire. As he was moving the car, gunfire erupted from one of the windows, striking him. His wounds were immediately fatal. Miller was the first member of the Kansas Highway Patrol to be killed by gunfire. 

In honor of Sergeant Miller, U.S.-75 Highway, from the northern border of Woodson County, south to the northern city limits of Yates Center has been dedicated as the Sergeant Eldon K Miller Memorial Highway.  

Details: KHP Dedicates Sergeant Eldon K. Miller Memorial Highway  
Monday, October 22, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Yates Center Cemetery
1334 120th Rd., Yates Center

There will be photo, video, and interview opportunities available. We hope you can join us for this time to honor Sergeant Miller, who made the ultimate sacrifice in his service to our state. 

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