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Hero Down: Highland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Miller Dies Unexpectedly

Highland County, OH – Highland County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputy Ryan Miller died unexpectedly on Feb. 14.

The 45-year-old deputy passed away at his home, according to The Scioto Post.

Deputy Miller’s exact cause of death was not released.

Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said Deputy Miller served his community for over 20 years, The Scioto Post reported.

“He will be greatly missed by his peers and the community,” Sheriff Barrera said.

Deputy Miller’s family said he had a “mechanical brain and was good at working with his hands,” according to his obituary.

“Ryan was a thinker that could fix just about everything,” the tribute read. “Ryan was very smart and could beat anyone in any trivia game.”

He also loved to cook.

Family friend Donna Armstrong described Deputy Miller as a “sweet, kind person” in a memorial tribute on his obituary page.

“So sorry to hear of his passing. He touched so many people,” another tribute read. “My prayers to the family, his many friends and the HCSO.”

Deputy Miller leaves behind his wife, Penny, his son, Austin, and his stepson, Hunter, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his sisters, stepmother, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, family members, and friends.

Deputy Miller’s memorial service will be held on Feb. 18.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Highland County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan 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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