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Mary-Lyn BuckleyJul 23, 2018, 10:52 amJul 23, 2018, 3:12 pm

Community in Wayne rallies for ex-firefighter critically hurt in shooting in Florida

Adam Miller, 29, was a local firefighter prior to becoming an officer for Fort Meyers PD


WAYNE — A wounded police officer in Florida is in the thoughts and prayers of firefighters and neighbors in Wayne. Police Officer Adam Miller, 29, was shot in the line of duty while on job in Fort Myers.

Nicknamed "Jobbers," Miller started his career in Wayne at Fire Company 2. A sign is now posted outside the firehouse that reads, "Pray for our brother Adam Jobbers Miller Ft. Myers PD."

John Gabriel, who currently works as a fire chief at Company 2, posted on Facebook when he heard the news of Miller being shot in the head and in critical condition ‪on Saturday night.

Fort Myer's police identified Miller as the officer injured during an incident near a gas station. Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs told local reporters in Florida that a suspect in the shooting had been taken into custody.

Gabriel recalled in his Facebook post that Miller spent his early years of his career at Company 2. Miller worked alongside firefighters and his father before becoming a police officer and moving to Florida a few years ago.

Some can believe being a first responder ran in Miller's blood. His father, David Miller, a life-member of the company, served as fire chief for over 30 years.

In Miller's old stomping grounds, the Wayne Valley High School, the school’s wrestling program also posted its prayers for the Miller family and gratitude for starting the Matt Miller Memorial Scholarship, which was named after Adam Miller's brother.

The Wanaque Police Dept. also posted on Facebook for Miller, who was friends with several officers in the police department.

Gabriel is continuing to monitor Miller's families’ posts and is providing updates.

Miller was reportedly taken to the hospital as he underwent emergency surgery and has been listed to critical but stable condition.

Gabriel is asking the community to keep Miller in their prayers as the next two to three days will be very crucial in regards to his condition.

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