TOLLAND, Connecticut — Trooper First Class Kevin M. Miller had just recently reached the 19-year mark of his time as a Connecticut State Police trooper.
Miller died Thursday from injuries he sustained during a crash that happened while he was on duty, according to a statement issued late Thursday afternoon from Connecticut State Police Commissioner Dr. Dora B. Schriro. Miller was assigned to Troop C in Tolland.
The Department of Transportation reported the crash, involving a tractor trailer and a vehicle, on Interstate 84 between exits 68 and 69 in Tolland shortly after 12:30 p.m.
That stretch of the highway remained closed as of 8 p.m. By 9 p.m., the left lane had been reopened to traffic. By 9:10 p.m., state police spokeswoman Kelly Grant said all lanes had been reopened.
Late Thursday afternoon, a massive gathering of police and fire units lined Interstate 84 late Thursday afternoon in Hartford, awaiting the procession that was taking Miller to the medical examiner’s office in Farmington.
Hartford police Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley said several ramps of I-84 westbound were closed throughout Hartford County as the procession made its way through the city.
“Please give your thoughts and prayers to the Troopers in Troop C Tolland,” Foley said earlier Thursday afternoon.
Prior to serving with Troop C in Tolland, Miller served at Troop K in Colchester and Troop E in Montville.
Miller graduated from the Connecticut State Police Academy on March 19, 1999.
“We are grateful for his dedicated service to the Connecticut State Police and residents of Connecticut,” Schriro said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Malloy expressed similar sentiments.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Trooper First Class Miller — a man who dedicated his life to serving the people of Connecticut,” Malloy said. “On behalf of the entire State of Connecticut, I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and state police colleagues.”
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said the state is “forever grateful for his service.”
“Trooper First Class Kevin Miller was a veteran of the state police — his death is a shock and a tragedy,” she said. “Our hearts are with his family and friends, and his brothers and sisters at the Connecticut State Police as they mourn his loss.”
Flags will remain at half-staff until burial or memorial services are held, Malloy said. All other flags — including state, municipal, corporate or otherwise — should also be lowered. There will be further information released when flags should be returned to full-staff.
Public Safety Committee Co-chairs Sen. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford, Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford and Rep. Joe Verrengia, D-West Hartford released a joint statement about Miller’s death Thursday evening.
“On behalf of my colleagues in the state legislature I’d like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of State Trooper Kevin Miller. We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you,” Larson said.
“It’s just a very sad event for everyone in the state. It’s sad when a young person with a family passes and when it’s someone who has dedicated his life to public service, it hits home even more so,” Guglielmo said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Miller’s family and colleagues during this difficult time,” Verrengia said.