Bill to rename Pittston post office in honor of fallen Tpr. Joshua D. Miller passes the U.S. House

Nov 17, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, is proud to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would name the post office in Pittston, Luzerne County, after fallen Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joshua D. Miller.

On Wednesday evening, the House approved H.R. 2415, a bill drafted by Rep. Barletta that would officially name the post office at 11 Dock Street in Pittston as the “Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office Building.”

“After years of dedicated service as a U.S. Marine, as a law enforcement officer, and as a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, Trooper Miller ended his final watch on June 7, 2009. Trooper Miller died while saving a boy from a kidnapper with a gun. He died serving his community, his commonwealth, and his country. I’m pleased and proud to have drafted a bill to honor the memory this outstanding American,” Rep. Barletta said. “His dedicated service is inspiring, and the naming of this post office will remind everyone of his selfless actions.”

Trooper Miller was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 7, 2009. He and his partner rescued a nine-year-old boy who was kidnapped at gunpoint from his mother. After a lengthy car chase, police were able to stop the kidnapper’s car. As Trooper Miller and his partner approached the stopped vehicle, the kidnapper opened fire on them. Trooper Miller was shot in the upper chest near the neck and in the leg, and his partner was shot in the arm. While they returned fire, another state trooper and a local law enforcement officer were able to smash a window in the kidnapper’s vehicle, grab the nine-year-old boy, and carry him to safety.

Trooper Miller was flown to a hospital, but he died from his wounds. He left behind his wife, Angela, and three daughters.

This is the first piece of legislation drafted by Rep. Barletta to be passed by the full House of Representatives. It now moves to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. After it is marked up by that committee, it will be voted upon by the full Senate, then signed by the president.

To watch Rep. Barletta's remarks on H.R.2415 here.

To view the full text of Rep. Barletta's remarks here.