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May 14, 2004

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New Officer Dies on First Day at Work in Car Wreck

Officer Down: Timothy Shane Miller - [Tabor City, North Carolina]


A great person who was just starting his new life as a patrol officer in Tabor City N.C. was killed in a tragic head-on accident May 15, at approximately 1 a.m.

He reported for work at 7 p.m. for his first night of work as a patrolman.

(I work at another town about 15 minute away.) We both graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training in December and looked forward to getting the job we have been waiting our whole lives for.

I have been working for about two months and was excited for him to be working on the same rotation as me. Shortly around 11 p.m. I called his pager and left my cell phone number for him to call me back. When he did we talked about how it felt to be living our dream. Shortly into the conversation the other officer I was working with called in a vehicle stop across town. I told my friend that I would call him back when I got done and I said "Good bye."

Little did I know that would be the last time that we would ever talk.

Shortly after my call ended he and his field training officer got involved in a chase. I listened with anticipation to the scanner in my car for all the details. Suddenly the officer's came over the radio and said 10-50 (traffic wreck) and the coversation over the radio from there got realy frantic.

I even listened as my friend called on his radio for help. Little did I know at the time that he was pinned in his patrol car. As time went by I heard the desperation in his voice as he called again for rescue and fire extracation to the scene. Shortly after that I didn't hear him anymore. All I heard was some other sherrif deputies and other town police calling for more help to come fast. They where comming as fast as they could.

We were both volunteer fire fighters, and he was a EMT with the rescue squad in the town where he was now a police officer. The very fire department that we were on was called to bring the jaws of life to cut him out. No one knew that it was him pinned in the car. They never said that an officer was hurt. As all got quiet I expected him to call me back and tell me about what had happened. But at approximately 4 a.m. another good friend of mine called. He asked if I had heard anything. That never means good news. He started to try and sugar coat it but it hit like a ton of bricks right over my heart.

"He's 10-7," I was told. "He didn't make it out of the scene. He died still in the car."

To make a long story short, a great officer died today in Tabor City, North Carolina.
He will be missed greatly by his fellow volunteer fire fighters of Williams Township Fire Department, EMTs of Tabor City Rescue, and fellow police officers from Tabor City, Chadbourn, Whiteville, Columbus County Sherrif's Department, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Wish You Were Still Here.

-- Your Best Friend,
Patrolman Robert Worley

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