The Des Moines Register
MacKenzie Elmer and Charly Haley
August 4, 2016
Shawn Miller was remembered Thursday as a leader who found ways big and small to touch the community he served as a police officer for 26 years.Miller graduated in 1987 and joined the Iowa National Guard, serving in the 186th Military Police Company. His company deployed to northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Desert Storm from January 1991 through May 1991.
The 47-year-old was killed in the line of duty Wednesday after colliding with a car while riding his personal motorcycle on U.S. Highway 169 in Dallas County. He was returning to West Des Moines after testifying in a hit-and-run case at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel.(Photo: West Des Moines Police Department)
"It's always the good ones that go," said Joe Carter, of West Des Moines.
Carter knew Miller from the officer's off-duty job as a security guard at the Sheraton hotel in West Des Moines. Miller was always there to bring order during hectic weekends when Carter worked the hotel's front desk.
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