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Fallen fire chief honored by firefighter family

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

The outpouring of support continued Sunday night for a York County firefighter who died in the line of duty.

Every year, York City firefighters honor all of their members who have died. Normally, they do not honor firefighters outside of the department. But Sunday night, they made an exception.

"It speaks to the type of person that Chief Miller was," said acting York Fire Chief David Michaels. "Chief Miller's death reminds us of the dangerous encounter on every call. Chief Miller was a dedicated servant to his community and will be missed."

"We are family. He is an extended brother to the family. It's a loss no matter how you look at it," said York County Firefighter's Association President Frederick Shilke, Sr.

Troopers said Miller was directing traffic along I-83 early Saturday morning when Matthew Diehl struck Miller with his SUV. State police charged Diehl with homicide by vehicle and DUI.

"For him to be struck like that and killed by a drunk driver, it makes it tough," said Michaels.

Firefighters said Miller's wife lost a loving husband, the community lost a servant, and the firefighting community lost a loyal chief.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back if you asked for it. Even if you didn't ask for it he'd give it to you if you needed it," said Shilke.

Funeral arrangements for Miller have been set. There is a viewing on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church in Seven Valleys. The funeral will also be held there on Friday at 10 a.m.

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