U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, is proud to announce that his bill to name the post office in Pittston after fallen Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joshua D. Miller was passed by the U.S. Senate and now awaits the president's signature.
During a meeting Wednesday morning, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved H.R. 2415, a bill drafted by Rep. Barletta that would officially name the post office at 11 Dock Street in Pittston as the "Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office Building."
On Thursday, the full Senate approved the bill by unanimous consent. H.R. 2415 will be sent to the White House, where President Obama is likely to sign it.
"After years of dedicated service as a U.S. Marine, as a law enforcement officer, and as a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, Trooper Miller ended his final watch while saving a boy from a kidnapper with a gun. He died serving his community, his commonwealth, and his country. I'm very proud and happy to see this bill honoring Trooper Miller's memory move forward," Rep. Barletta said. "Trooper Miller's dedicated service is inspiring, and the naming of this post office will remind everyone of his selfless actions."
Trooper Miller was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 7, 2009. He and his partner rescued a nine-year-old boy who was kidnapped at gunpoint from his mother. After a lengthy car chase, police were able to stop the kidnapper's car. As Trooper Miller and his partner approached the stopped vehicle, the kidnapper opened fire on them. Trooper Miller was shot in the upper chest near the neck and in the leg, and his partner was shot in the arm. While they returned fire, another state trooper and a local law enforcement officer were able to smash a window in the kidnapper's vehicle, grab the nine-year-old boy, and carry him to safety.
Trooper Miller was flown to a hospital, but he died from his wounds. He left behind his wife, Angela; and three daughters.