Russ Miller on police horse

About Russ Miller

Chino Police Officer

Officer Russell M. Miller Sr., was a 12-year veteran of the Chino Police Department, a husband, and father of three children. He was the department's first officer to die in the line of duty on Tuesday, February 1st, 2000, after being struck by a drunk driver.

Russ Miller on police horse

About Russ Miller

Chino Police Officer

Officer Russell M. Miller Sr., was a 12-year veteran of the Chino Police Department, a husband, and father of three children. He was the department's first officer to die in the line of duty on Tuesday, February 1st, 2000, after being struck by a drunk driver.

About Officer Russell Miller, Sr.

 

Born in Lakefield, Minnesota, in 1948, Russell M. Miller Sr. began his life’s journey on December 27, a life’s journey that would take him from Fort Pier, South Dakota all the way to Corona, California.  As a youth growing up in Hawthorne, Russ was accidentally shot in a hunting accident at the age of 17 and had received his last rights after almost dying.  He would subsequently graduate from Magnolia High School in June of 1967 and went on to serve his country in the Vietnam conflict for six years in the Navy where he achieved the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer.  When the war ended, Russ took employment as a truck driver, did a stint as a welder and spent time working for an outdoor advertising firm installing signs.

Russ met and married Stephanie Green in April of 1978.  To that union three children were born; Melissa, in 1979, Sarah, in 1980; and namesake Russell Jr., in 1984.  Their family complete, Russ began to search out other options for his life’s work.  At 38 years of age, Russ was reading the newspaper and saw that Chino PD was hiring.  A deep-felt desire to serve others caused him to look into the law enforcement career and on February 5, 1988, he graduated from Class 90 of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy.  With diploma in hand, Russ was hired to serve the citizens of Chino in the Chino Police Department.  He belonged to the department’s Mounted Enforcement Team and served as Field Training Officer, endeavoring to teach others proper field protocol.

Russ was a devout Minnesota Vikings fan.  His life’s hobbies included raising birds, playing golf and serving as a Little League coach for his son’s baseball leagues in the Corona Parks and Recreation Department.  He was known for his big heart and loved his wife and family very much.  He wanted to make his mark on the world and Russell M. Miller Sr. did just that, ending his watch on February 1, 2000.  He will be missed by his family, esteemed colleagues, officers throughout the State of California and his many friends.