MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. (KIEM)-Fourteen-years-ago, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Kevin Miller was seriously injured in the line of duty by a drunk driver, Thursday, he was honored with the HCSO Purple Heart Award.
On October 21, 2016, Miller was headed to a domestic violence call, while on route, an uninvolved drunk driver collided with the patrol vehicles parked on the shoulder of the highway.
The vehicles was forced forward into Miller’s path, knocking him unconscious for several minutes.
Miller sustained major injuries but was able to return to work after reconstructive surgery and more than a year of extensive physical therapy.
Purple Heart Award requirements have changed, and the department’s award committee found recognition for Miller was long overdue.
“It is a Purple Heart Award, it is for someone that’s put their life on the line, jeopardy and sacrificed a lot for the safety and security of our citizens,” said Humboldt County’s Sheriff William Honsal.” I really appreciate what Lieutenant Miller does on a daily basis, and during this time [Oct. 21,2016], he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he was doing his job when he got injured and we want to recognize that. “
Miller now oversees the North Command Area for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.