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Hero Down: Hamilton County Cpl. Adam McMillan Dies After 5-Vehicle Crash

Anderson, OH – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Corporal Adam McMillan died in the line of duty on Oct. 23, more than two weeks after he was involved in a five-vehicle pileup with a Metro bus.

The 42-year-old corporal was heading westbound on Beechmont Avenue in his marked patrol vehicle on Oct. 8, when he collided with a 2009 New Flyer bus at the intersection with Eight Mile Road, The Enquirer reported.

The Metro bus then slammed into a 2007 Toyota, pushing the Toyota backwards into a 2013 Ford Focus and a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, according to WLWT.

The other drivers involved in the collision did not suffer any injuries.

Cpl. McMillan was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, WLWT reported.

He did not regain consciousness prior to his death on Friday.

Cpl. McMillan was surrounded by his family and friends when he passed away, WKRC reported.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said the corporal was also an organ donor, according to The Enquirer.

“Adam McMillan is a hero,” Sheriff Neil said during an emotional press conference. “He’ll continue to live on in others.”

HCSO Deputy Mark Schoonover described Cpl. McMillan as a great person who was very dependable.

“It’s very difficult,” Deputy Schoonover told The Enquirer. “The sheriff’s office is a big family, and when one of our deputies gets injured like this…it’s painful for everyone.”

Cpl. McMillan served with HCSO for 19 years, and was assigned to the HCSO Traffic Safety Section at the time of his death, WLWT reported.

“We cannot fathom the pain that his family is enduring but want them to know that our thoughts are with them,” Anderson Township Administrator Vicky Earhart told The Enquirer. “Adam will always be a part of our Anderson Township family. We grieve alongside his brothers and sisters in the Sheriff’s Office and will always hold Adam’s smile in our hearts.”

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said his prayers are with Cpl. McMillan’s friends and family.

“Our police officers do an incredible job keeping us safe,” Deter told WLWT. “Unfortunately, it’s a job they don’t always come home from. My prayers tonight are with Deputy McMillan’s family, friends and all who wear the uniform and serve our community.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in Cpl. McMillan’s honor.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Adam McMillan, 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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