Honoring a public safety servant

Mayor's Office, News

Sometimes in life – if you are fortunate enough – you meet someone who makes such a remarkable impression that he or she is unforgettable. For all of us blessed to have known him, Martinsville Police Officer Sonny Miller was that unforgettable person.

As many of you know, his family, friends and our entire community lost him way too soon to cancer at the very young age of 35 on December 13, 2012, making Sonny the first active duty death Martinsville’s police force has suffered. He became a reserve patrolman in August 2010 and by September 2011, he was a full time, Class A patrolman.

As Police Chief Matt Long has often said, “how did we get lucky enough to have Sonny?”

While we only had him as part of our team for two short years, he left us with a lifetime of memories, having made such a positive impact on everyone he met. Sonny’s contagious smile, his never-met-a-stranger demeanor and 100-miles-per-hour energy level meant everyone is his path had their day brightened.

People use many positive adjectives to describe Sonny: warm, joyful, kind, strong, helpful, funny, dedicated, loving, inspiring.

He served our Police Department and the entire city with honor, integrity, professionalism, a quiet confidence that put everyone at ease and a deep devotion to serve and protect all of us. Sonny joined our police force to change our community for the better. And change it he did. His legacy is a lasting one that has made a tremendous difference to all those who knew and loved him, including his brothers and sisters in blue.

Sonny demonstrated such a positive attitude and inner strength in battling cancer that he spent time worrying about all those around him during his illness, rather than focusing on himself. His non-stop selflessness never wavered, right up to his final days.

With Sonny’s five-year anniversary this week, our police force is remembering him in a heartfelt ceremony outside the front of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night (December 13). Chief Long will lead the brief ceremony honoring Sonny with Sonny’s wife, Amanda, and their children, Dylan and Chloe, invited as special guests.

All of you are invited to join us in celebrating the life of an amazing husband, father, friend and public safety servant. While Sonny’s end of watch was December 13, 2012, his legacy and the loving memories he left us with will live on forever.

Please bundle up and plan to join us for this special event!

Have topics you want to know more about? Email me: skohl@martinsville.in.gov