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Hero Down: Maury County Reserve Deputy Bradley Miller Killed By Motorist In Construction Zone

Maury County, TN – Maury County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Reserve Deputy Bradley “Brad” Miller died in the line of duty on Dec. 12 after an SUV crashed into his patrol car as he was assisting with a traffic detail in a construction zone.

The deadly collision occurred on Highway 43 near Williamsport Pike shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday, WTVF reported.

Reserve Deputy Miller, 68, was assisting with a traffic detail while workers were repairing the highway when a motorist slammed into his patrol vehicle from behind, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

He suffered massive head trauma in the collision and did not survive, WTVF reported.

It is unclear whether the driver of the SUV that crashed into the longtime reserve deputy will face criminal charges.

Three construction workers at the site said they likely would have been killed by the SUV if Reserve Deputy Miller hadn’t positioned his patrol vehicle where he had, according to WSMV.

“It was his DNA to put himself in that position to fill that gap,” Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland said. “In doing so, others went home, and Deputy Miller became someone’s hero.”

Reserve Deputy Miller served the MCSD for 19 years after retiring from a 31-year career with General Motors, according to his obituary.

Sheriff Rowland said Reserve Deputy Miller always went “above and beyond” the training required and that he aimed to be prepared for any situation he might encounter out on the streets, WSMV reported.

“He was a perfectionist,” the sheriff said.

But he was also quick to make others smile.

“He would light up a room,” Sheriff Rowland told WSMV. “He would lighten up the mood.”

Serving as a law enforcement officer was his “passion,” according to his obituary.

He was an active participant in the Shop with a Cop and Sheriff’s Rodeo events every year, and was the recipient of the Darrell Perritt Memorial Reserve Deputy of the Year award in 2019.

A procession of law enforcement vehicles escorted the fallen reserve deputy’s body from Maury County to Nashville, WSMV reported.

Reserve Deputy Miller leaves behind his wife on nearly 50 years, Kathy, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, sister, nephews, nieces and his in-laws.

Reserve Deputy Miller was laid to rest on Dec. 15.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Maury County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy Bradley “Brad” 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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