The Timmins Police Service acknowledges November 16th as a sad anniversary marking the death of OPP Constable Vern Miller who was killed on duty 36 years ago today.
Vern Miller began his policing career with the Ontario Provincial Police in May of 1967 and was posted to Matheson detachment, only twenty-five miles from his home town of Timmins.
Throughout his time in Matheson, Vern Miller was an exemplary officer who actively interacted with his community through playing sports himself and by being an enthusiastic coach and mentor to young people in all forms of sports.
Vern Miller and his partner Norman Teigen had stopped for coffee the night of November 16, 1984, at a truck stop in the area of Porquis Junction.
A young man intent on killing a police officer entered the coffee shop and shot Officer Miller at point-blank range from behind killing him instantly.
To honor this fallen officer and in appreciation for his dedication and involvement in the community, the local arena was named after Vern Miller.
Vern Miller was survived by his wife and three children.