Today in 1940, Charleston Policeman Walter Leo Miller, 25, succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a speeding vehicle.
On July 2, 1940, Policeman Miller was at the intersection of Calhoun Street and Meeting Street when the vehicle sped by. As Policeman Miller attempted to stop the vehicle he swerved to avoid a pedestrian and crashed. He sustained severe injuries in the accident and was taken to Riverside Infirmary where he died 12 days later.
Policeman Miller and been with the agency for only one year and was survived by his wife, son and five siblings. He was interred at St. Lawrence cemetery in Charleston.
Walter Leo Miller’s name has been engraved on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial at the Statehouse in Columbia and at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, located on panel “41, E -16”. A plaque bearing Policeman Miller’s name is also displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.