Police memorial gets 17th-century addition

May 10, 2004 at 10:34 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 10 (UPI) -- The name of a 17-century man believed to be the first policeman killed in the line of duty in the Americas will be added to a Springfield, Mass., memorial.

The name of Constable John Miller will be placed on the Springfield Police Department Memorial after the city's Police Commission approved the addition, the Springfield Republican newspaper reported.

Miller was killed in 1675 while defending the city against an American Indian attack. Three settlers were killed and 32 houses burned in the battle, the newspaper said. Miller is the first known law enforcement fatality in what -- 101 years later -- would become the United States.

The newspaper said Deputy Police Chief William Fitchet and two other police officers have been working for three years to have Miller's name added to the memorial. They credit Miller's actions with saving lives during the attack.

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