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Hero Down: Clarksville Police Sgt. David Miller Dies Unexpectedly

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Police Department (CPD) Sergeant David Miller died unexpectedly on Sept. 22.

The 49-year-old sergeant passed away at Tennova Healthcare, according to his obituary.

His exact cause of death was not released.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the death of Sgt. David Frank Miller,” the CPD said in a press release on Sept. 23.

Sgt. Miller served in the U.S. Army prior to joining the CPD more than 20 years ago, according to his obituary.

He served in a variety of roles during his two decades of service on the police force.

In addition to working as a field training officer and patrol officer, Sgt. Miller had been assigned as a patrol shift supervisor since August of 2011.

He was also working on a psychology degree, according to his obituary.

“Sgt. Miller was a devoted husband, father, leader and member of our community,” CPD Chief David Crockarell said in the press release. “Please keep David’s family in your thoughts and prayers; we will continue to support the Miller family during this difficult time.”

Residents offered their condolences on the CPD’s Facebook page as news of the longtime sergeant’s death spread.

“He was an AWESOME officer,” one message read. “Many years ago, when I worked seconds and thirds alone at a gas station he would stop in and check on me several times during my shifts to make sure I was alright. If I was worried or scared about something he made sure to check it out and keep me safe.”

Sgt. Miller leaves behind his wife, Amy, as well as his children, Ashleigh, Cristen, Shaun, and Justin, and his four grandchildren, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, brothers, nieces, nephews, “and many brothers and sisters in blue,” the tribute read.

Sgt. Miller was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Clarksville Police Department Sergeant David Miller, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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