Officer Ralph W. Miller
End of Watch (EOW): October 2, 1976
Officer Miller was born in 1951 at Manchester, New Hampshire. He was a 1970 graduate of Memorial High School and served his country in the United States Navy from 1972 to 1975 before joining the Manchester Police Department in 1975. He was also a member of the Manchester Police Relief Association.
On the night of October 2, 1976, Officer Miller and Officer Alexander Dougherty went to a house on Hall Street to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. As the two officers approached the porch, they noticed the silhouette of a person standing behind a screen door. When the officers were approximately twenty feet from the door, at the foot of the porch steps, ashot from a high-powered rifle came from behind the door, hitting Officer Miller in the chest. Officer Dougherty called for assistance on his radio and a teenager was apprehended and charged with the shooting. Officer Miller died shortly after arriving at Catholic Medical Center-East. He was 25 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, his daughters; Suzanne and Amy, and his three brothers.