If you walk past the Kansas City Missouri Police Station you will see Philip Miller’s name engraved on a fallen officers memorial.
“It may be on the wall, but it’s forever in my heart,” said his widow Laura Miller Harmon.
In December of 1983, Officer Miller was responding to an alarm call at Westport High School. He saw a man take off, and eventually found the man hiding in a driveway. There was a scuffle, and Officer Miller was shot and killed with his own gun.
"I know the pain the families are going to be going through, it’s not just right now but it’s forever,” said Harmon.
She says the day Officer Miller was laid to rest is somewhat of a blur, but she does remember the sound.
“Hearing the taps of the 21 gun salute still hurts my heart,” said Harmon.
She had this advice for the family of Captain Dave Melton.
“Just know that people care, that they will never be forgotten, that they have wonderful family out there that you know family in blue,” said Harmon.
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