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Fallen fire chief laid to rest

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Friends and family said goodbye Friday to a York County firefighter who died in the line of duty.

Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller was laid to rest following a funeral at Grace Fellowship Church in Seven Valleys, where a flag flew at half-staff in his honor.

Inside during the ceremony, loved ones said that while Miller is no longer with them, his legacy lives on. Among his friends and family, he will be remembered for his jovial personality.

"I will miss his laughter, that infectious smile," said Miller's uncle, Duane Howard. "I hope Rodney considered me as more than just his uncle because he was more than my nephew, he was my friend."

Miller, 45, died early Saturday while directing traffic at a crash on Interstate 83 near Glen Rock. Police said the driver who hit him was drunk.

He will remembered for his quirks.

"Bet nobody ever sent him an email. He was old school," said Miller's nephew, Kyle. "He was my best friend. I'm gonna miss him. I love you, buddy."

Miller will also be remembered for his hugs.

"I would be remiss if I didn't mention his hugging abilities. He gave the best hugs," said Missy Sweitzer, Miller's friend.

A carpenter by trade, loved ones said Miller lived to serve the community as fire chief and never missed a fire call.

Miller received an honorable goodbye from his community. Flags flew at half-staff, businesses placed farewell messages on their signs, and people lined the streets to watch as a procession of more than 100 fire trucks escorted Miller to his final resting place.

More firefighters wanted to participate, but had to be turned away.

The procession drove by the Seven Valleys Fire Department for a final tribute before taking Miller to his final resting place.

"He was a very," said Ron Werner, a Loganville firefighter, as he paused to choke back tears. "He was a very special friend to Station 63. It was like a second family and he was a major part of that family."

"Rest in peace, Rodney," former Loganville fire chief Stan Brown said. "You have earned your place in Heaven."

Firefighters said Miller was the 25th firefighter to die in the line of duty this year. They said his death, though heartbreaking, should serve as a reminder of the dangers firefighters face every day.

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