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Trooper Joshua Miller

GUEST COMMENTARY, from the Pittston Sunday Dispatch

June 14
A young man dies; and a hero emerges

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”


Henry David Thoreau

I watched with a heavy heart and tear filled eyes the funeral of Fallen Trooper Joshua Miller. Many thoughts passed through my mind as Trooper Miller was eloquently eulogized and honored.

I thought of his children who would grow up without their father.

I thought of his wife who would now have to live her life without her husband, her soul mate.

I thought of a young man, cut down in the prime of his life.

Hero is a term that is used all too frequently. It is used to describe the player that scores the winning basket, catches the winning pass or hits the winning home run, however, rarely is it used in the most appropriate manner.

Today it is.

Joshua Miller is a hero.

Celebrities and sports stars run from the term role model. They protest that it is parents who should be held up on a pedestal. With his actions Trooper Miller is more than heroic: he is a role model. He is someone not only that his children should look up to, but all children and all adults should respect and admire.

One day we will all leave this Earth. To how many of us will the above quote be applicable?

Trooper Miller left this life with honor, doing more than just a job, doing more than just his duty. Trooper Miller gave his life; sacrificed himself not simply in service to his badge but to much, much more.

His last moment, his last act, his last efforts were to rescue, to save from a life threatening situation, a child.

Trooper Miller will live on through his children. His children will live on with the knowledge that their father’s actions, their father’s selflessness, bravery and courage made it possible for another child to also live on.

In our small community I know many, however, I did not know Trooper Miller.

I wish I had.

May God bless him and may God bless and watch over his family.

Dr. Joe Leonardi is a local chiropractor who offers his thoughts from time to time.


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