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Trooper Joshua D. Miller
Pennsylvania State Police
End of Watch: Sunday, June 7, 2009

Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 8819

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, June 7, 2009
Weapon Used: Handgun; 9 mm
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Trooper Joshua Miller was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a kidnapping suspect.

At 7:45 pm members of the Nazareth Police Department responded to a report of a protection-from-abuse order violation involving a weapon. As they arrived, the suspect took a 9-year-old boy from his mother at gunpoint and fled the location in a vehicle, leading to a 40 mile vehicle pursuit.

The suspect's vehicle was stopped in Coolbaugh Township (Monroe County) when members of the Pennsylvania State Police utilized the PIT maneuver, causing the vehicle to crash. Following the crash, Trooper Miller and another trooper approached the car in an attempt to rescue the boy from the suspect, but the suspect opened fire on the troopers striking Trooper Miller in the neck and leg, and striking his partner in the arm. The troopers were able to return fire, killing the suspect.

When Trooper Miller and his partner were engaged in the gun battle, two other troopers were able to rescue the boy from the passenger seat of the suspect's vehicle and carried him to safety.

Trooper Miller was transported to a local hospital where he died from his wounds. His partner was also treated and recovered from his wound.

Trooper Miller had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for six years and was assigned to the Swiftwater State Police Barracks, and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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On behalf of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission, we would like to send our condolences to the family of Richard VanNoy who passed away on 08/04/09. Mr. VanNoy, who was a Tunkhannock Township Supervisor, proudly served on the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission since January of 2006. The Department and Commission will deeply miss Mr. VanNoy.

The Department and Commission truly appreciated his dedication and support that he gave to the Department and its Officers. He was committed to the mission and success of the Department and for that we are forever grateful.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the VanNoy family.

Harry W. Lewis
Chief of Police



Monroe County- Chief Harry Lewis of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department sadly announce the passing of the department's retired K-9 Flip. He proudly served with PMPRD and with Officer Joe Lutkowski from 2002-2010. He was 12.5 years old.

Chief Lewis said on behalf of the entire PMRPD family, we wish to thank Flip for his years of dedicated service with PMRPD and for our community.

On behalf of Flip, we wish to thank all of the people in the community for their support of our K-9 Program.


PMRPD sadly announces the death of retired K-9 KANE who died at home on Saturday (12-21-13). Kane was an 11 year German Shephard who was cross trained in Patrol, Tracking and Narcotics. Cpl. Nero and Kane were responsible for hundreds of seizures of controlled substances and vehicles worth in excess of $1 million and the arrests of well over 200 people for drug related offenses. He tracked missing persons and found evidence which was discarded by suspects.

In 2010, Kane was awarded Monroe County Drug Task Force Officer of the Year by the Monroe County Drug Task Force. Most of all, he touched the lives of thousands of kids during his countless demonstrations at local schools and camps. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cpl Matt Nero and we appreciate and honor Kane’s dedicated service for the citizens of Coolbaugh, Tobyhanna, Tunkhannock Townships and Mt. Pocono Borough. He served with Cpl Nero and PMRPD from 2003-2010. He retired and was enjoying life at home with Cpl Nero and new PMRPD K-9 Niko.

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