The Manchester Police Department will honor the memory of Officer Ralph Miller and all of the department’s fallen officers on October 13 with its 7th annual Footrace for the Fallen.
According to a Manchester Police press release, Officer Miller was killed in the line of duty thirty-seven years ago Wednesday while investigating a report of a loud party at 119 Hall Street. On October 2, 1976 at about 11:30 p. m, as Officer Miller approached the residence, 15 year-old Cleo Roy was inside and armed with a rifle. Roy raised the rifle and fired a shot that struck Officer Miller in the upper chest. The officer died later that night at the Catholic Medical Center – East.
Officer Miller, at the time of his death, was a 25 year-old beloved son, brother, husband and father who had served as a Manchester Police officer for one year.
This year the Manchester Police Department will host the event at their new building, the Officer Michael Briggs Building, located at 405 Valley Street, which will start runners on a new flat, fast course that finishes inside the nearby Gill Stadium. The Manchester Police Department welcomes runners and walkers to come out and join them for a great race and a great cause.
The Manchester Police Footrace for the Fallen began in 2007 to honor Manchester Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. Sergeant Henry McAllister, Inspector William Moher, Officer Ralph Miller and Officer Michael Briggs have all made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the City of Manchester. The Footrace for the Fallen honors these brave men and all officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Proceeds from the race benefit the Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL), a non-profit organization that provides after school and summer athletic and recreational activities to area youth.
For more information on the race, go to the race website at www.footraceforthefallen.org.
Source: Manchester Police Department
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