Rep. Barletta: Pittston post office dedicated to fallen PA State Police Trooper Joshua D. Miller
PITTSTON – Today, the U.S. Post Office in Pittston was named in honor of fallen Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joshua D. Miller.
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta joined members of Trooper Miller’s family, his friends, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and dozens of state troopers, representatives of the U.S. Postal Service, and state and local elected officials during the dedication ceremony at the office, which is at 11 Dock Street in downtown Pittston.
“This building, which today becomes the Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office, is but one small way we will remember Josh. The plaque we will place on the wall in his honor will remind future generations of his commitment and service. It will continue to inspire those who learn of Josh’s story of courage and selflessness,” Rep. Barletta said.
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 twice, and his partner was shot. 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.
“Josh died, not just protecting that child, but protecting all of us. As a state trooper, he protected all citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He served all of us. Josh knew the meaning of service. He learned it growing up. He practiced it as a United States Marine. He practiced it as a corrections officer and as a local cop. And most of all, he practiced it – he lived it as a state trooper,” Rep. Barletta said.
Angela Miller, Josh’s wife, and their daughters Justine, Breana, and Joslyn, attended the ceremony, as did Josh’s mother, stepmother, sister, and other family members.
The Pennsylvania State Police had a strong presence at the event, with several platoons of troopers in attendance, and a State Police Honor Guard displaying the colors.
“We very much appreciate Congressman Barletta's effort with this dedication. It means a great deal to all of us in the Pennsylvania State Police – and this is certainly another way to keep Trooper Miller's memory alive,” Commissioner Noonan said.
Naming a post office in honor of someone is done through an act of Congress. The bill must be passed by both the U.S. House and Senate, and signed into law by the president. Rep. Barletta introduced the bill dedicating the Pittston post office, H.R. 2415, in 2011. President Obama signed the bill into Public Law 112-124 on June 5, 2012.
CAPTION: Participating in the dedication ceremony of the Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office Building in Pittston on Wednesday morning were, from left, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan; U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11; Angie Miller, Trooper Miller’s wife; and Dale Walker, district manager, U.S. Postal Service.