KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Ralph "Ike" Rayburn Miller
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, December 27, 1941
Age: 23
DOB: October 26, 1918
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 9 months
Date of incident:
Cause of death: Vehicle pursuit
Suspect information:
Officer Miller was traveling north on Prospect on his motorcycle, pursuing a car that he and Officer Cecil Harris had clocked five blocks south at 64 miler per hour. Officer Miller entered the intersection of 39th Street and Prospect Avenue, operating his siren, when a car entered the intersection the motorcycle struck the front fender of the car and the impact hurled Officer Miller and his motorcycle 25 feet in the air and onto a traffic light standard. Officer Miller was killed instantly. Officer Harris traveling a block and a half behind Officer Miller was able to describe the speeding car but it left the scene. The driver of the car later stated that he had not heard the siren.

Officer Miller, 23, joined the department on February 27, 1940, served for 22 months and was survived by his wife, Eva Louise, and son. Interred: Memorial Park

Officer Miller was known as an excellent athlete had been a member of the Rockhurst College football team and won the Missouri Valley A.A.U. heavyweight boxing title in 1937 - advancing to the national semi-finals. He was survived by his wife, Eva Louise, and an infant son.
Interred: Memorial Park Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant