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Gary Miller set an example of dedication, bravery

He was a volunteer firefighter in Vincent for 52 years

For 52 years, Gary Miller stood ready to respond to any crisis in and around Vincent.

He joined the city’s volunteer fire department in 1965. He started as a firefighter and expanded his skills to also become an emergency medical technician.

Miller became the city’s fire chief in 1987 and held that position until he retired from the department in 2017.

From 1965 to 2017, he responded to countless fires, traffic crashes, medical emergencies and other forms of mayhem. Often, he was out on frigid winter nights and searing summer afternoons to help others, many of whom he didn’t know. To do that, he sacrificed precious time with his family.

Miller’s service to his community wasn’t limited to firefighting and rescue work. He served on the City Council and was the mayor of Vincent.

He was a businessman who owned the Vincent Locker from 1967 to 2012.

Miller died Dec. 20, 2019, at age 76. A long line of fire trucks and emergency vehicles was part of the procession that took him to his final resting place at Newark Cemetery near Vincent.

Miller’s remarkable record of service to his community has ended, but it will never be forgotten. His dedication and bravery set an example for every other individual who aspires to serve their town and their neighbors.

Gary Miller earned the respect and gratitude of not only the residents of Vincent, but all of Webster County.