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.
In honor of the life and service of Cpl. Adam McMillan, all U.S. & Ohio flags shall be flown at half-staff on all public buildings & grounds in Hamilton Co. & at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, & Rhodes Tower effective immediately until sunset on the day of his interment. https://t.co/e0BhINYv2a
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) October 24, 2020
I regret to inform you the passing of Cpl. Adam McMillan💔 Our hearts break for his family, friends and co workers. I want to personally thank you for serving your community to make it a better place. You may be gone, but never forgotten. Rest easy brother, watch over us 💙 pic.twitter.com/2y4VdGKJBA
— Ohio Cops (@CopsOhio) October 24, 2020
Breaking: An emotional Sheriff Jim Neil just announced that Cpl. Adam McMillan has died from his injuries sustained in an on-duty accident two weeks ago. He succumbed to his injuries just before 5pm today @WLWT pic.twitter.com/5bAp0dIUKI
— Jatara McGee WLWT (@jatara_) October 23, 2020
— HamiltonTwpPD (@HamiltonTwpPD) October 24, 2020
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.